moc·​ca·​sin | \ ˈmä-kə-sən How to pronounce moccasin (audio) \

Definition of moccasin

1a : a soft leather heelless shoe or boot with the sole brought up the sides of the foot and over the toes where it is joined with a puckered seam to a U-shaped piece lying on top of the foot
b : a regular shoe having a seam on the forepart of the vamp imitating the seam of a moccasin
b : a snake (as of the genus Natrix) resembling a water moccasin

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Other Words from moccasin

moccasined \ ˈmä-​kə-​sənd How to pronounce moccasin (audio) \ adjective

Examples of moccasin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outer moccasin is made from water-resistant suede that keeps the shoe (and your feet) dry. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "20 great pairs of shoes perfect for fall," 24 Sep. 2020 This includes fall essentials like moccasins, pullovers, rain jackets, and more. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The best Labor Day sales already happening on clothes, shoes, and more," 26 Aug. 2019 The one thing everyone should buy in Rome is a pair of made-to-measure leather moccasins at Petrocchi. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Vintage Shops, Markets, and Home Goods Stores to Visit in Rome Right Now," 17 Dec. 2019 Choose from clogs and moccasins made from materials including fleece, terry, sherpa, and even luxe chenille—plus, one pair of booties is up for grabs. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Slip into a discounted pair of cozy Dearfoams slippers from Amazon," 13 Dec. 2019 Bilson put together a list of some of her favorite gift-appropriate items from the store (which can be found on the Marshalls website) that includes everything from fuzzy moccasins, to a tea set, to, of course, lots and lots of toys. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Rachel Bilson Go-To Christmas Shopping Tips That Anyone Can Follow," 10 Dec. 2019 The Indian Health Services wellness center hosts classes for people to celebrate traditional crafts such as beading or making moccasins. Washington Post, "Football brings some peace to Sioux family after suicide," 16 Nov. 2019 Many of her movie costumes are displayed and available to purchase, alongside buckskin war shirts, elaborate feather headdresses, hand-beaded moccasins, and locally made earthenware pottery. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Seven-Stop Shopping Guide to Santa Fe," 9 Sep. 2019 Striped socks paired with moccasins summon Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vincent Darré, Surrealist Dandy of Paris, Discusses His New Book and Dashing Personal Style," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of moccasin

circa 1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for moccasin

Virginia Algonquian mockasin

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The first known use of moccasin was circa 1612

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“Moccasin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moccasin

: a flat shoe that is made of soft leather and is similar to a shoe originally worn by some Native Americans


moc·​ca·​sin | \ ˈmä-kə-sən How to pronounce moccasin (audio) \

Kids Definition of moccasin

1 : a soft shoe with no heel and the sole and sides made of one piece


moc·​ca·​sin | \ ˈmäk-ə-sən How to pronounce moccasin (audio) \

Medical Definition of moccasin

2 : a snake (as of the genus Natrix) resembling a water moccasin

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