quaker

noun
quak·​er | \ ˈkwā-kər How to pronounce quaker (audio) \

Definition of quaker

1 : one that quakes
2 capitalized : friend sense 5

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Other Words from quaker

Quakerish \ ˈkwā-​k(ə-​)rish How to pronounce Quakerish (audio) \ adjective
Quakerism \ ˈkwā-​kə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce Quakerism (audio) \ noun
Quakerly \ ˈkwā-​kər-​lē How to pronounce Quakerly (audio) \ adjective

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The new documentary follows the story of Westtown School, a small quaker school in Pennsylvania that also happens to be home to arguably the greatest starting five in history. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "A Look Back at the Best High School Basketball Programs in History," 8 Mar. 2018 When Quakers Charles and Rhoda Coffin ministered in prisons and workhouses across the United States in the 1860s, the couple witnessed the deplorable conditions that inmates, in particular, women faced. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "How the oldest women's prison in the country came to be," 21 June 2017 Quakers weren’t welcome at Harvard in the 1660s, and vaccination was a medical and theological no-no at Yale over a century later. WSJ, "Are the Postmodernists Even In a Real Fight?," 3 Apr. 2017 Not all of us are bent on changing people’s beliefs; in fact, atheist Quakers attend services with theists regularly and happily. New York Times, "The 1.1.17 Issue," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of quaker

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quaker was in 1597

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