shak·​er | \ ˈshā-kər How to pronounce shaker (audio) \

Definition of shaker

1 : one that shakes: such as
a : a utensil or machine used in shaking cocktail shaker
b : one that incites, promotes, or directs action a mover and shaker
2 capitalized [from a dance with shaking movements performed as part of worship] : a member of a millenarian sect originating in England in 1747 and practicing celibacy and an ascetic communal life

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from shaker

Shaker adjective
Shakerism \ ˈshā-​kə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce shaker (audio) \ noun

Examples of shaker in a Sentence

a member of the Shakers
Recent Examples on the Web Watch through the truck's little window as a barista vigorously shakes the concoction in a cocktail shaker to create a foamy, frothy drink that delivers everything peanut butter fans are looking for. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Different sources recommend putting anywhere from a 10-to-1 ratio of salt to MSG to a 1-to-1 ratio in your salt shaker to implement this in your daily life. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Dip rim of an old-fashioned glass in water, then in sugar mixture. Fill a cocktail shaker with bourbon, vermouth, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice. Lyda Jones Burnette, Country Living, 17 Sep. 2021 Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka and olive brine. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2021 In a shaker, combine ice with the Southern Comfort, Stolichnaya Raspberry, St. Germain liqueur, simple syrup, orange juice, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 20 Aug. 2021 Add all ingredients but champagne into a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Emily Price, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Muddle cucumber and mint in the bottom of a shaker tin. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 3 June 2021 Shake off the bad vibes in a shaker tin, then strain the shimmering contents into a glass. Annie Werner, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shaker.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of shaker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About shaker

Time Traveler for shaker

Time Traveler

The first known use of shaker was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near shaker




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for shaker

Last Updated

26 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shaker



English Language Learners Definition of shaker

: a container that is shaken to mix something or to make something come out
: a member of a U.S. religious group that is known for living simply in close communities


shak·​er | \ ˈshā-kər How to pronounce shaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of shaker

: a container used to mix the contents or sprinkle out some of the contents a drink shaker a salt shaker

More from Merriam-Webster on shaker

Britannica English: Translation of shaker for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about shaker


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!