shak·er | \ˈshā-kər \

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

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Other Words from shaker

Shaker adjective
Shakerism \ˈshā-kə-ˌri-zəm \ noun

Examples of shaker in a Sentence

a member of the Shakers

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This shaker is loaded with the essential tools for making the majority of your cocktails on the go. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "How to Mix a Delicious Cocktail in the Backcountry," 4 May 2018 In front and on display to the street is a lounge with Art Deco curves, where bartenders percussively clack shakers behind a long river of zinc. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 The shop also will sell items such as tonics, bar tools including shakers and jiggers, cocktail books and company T-shirts. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bittercube, moving to the west side, will gain a bar, store and bigger production area," 27 June 2018 Small stripers also continue to bite well, although more shakers than keepers are being caught. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Have your pals over, and break out those martini shakers—you’ll all save cash and calories. Lisa Lillien,, "Hungry Girl: This Low-Calorie Cocktail Will Be the Star of Your Next Party," 23 Apr. 2018 Free family fun, computer cleanup, car wash, kids' zone to build toolbox, make music shakers. Luann Gibbs,, "Fun and free events in Cincinnati this weekend: April 13-15," 11 Apr. 2018 Each barista has three of them — one color per container — and will choose a shaker to apply the finishing touch. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks looks into its Crystal Ball Frappuccino and sees you'll buy one," 21 Mar. 2018 Pineapple juice 3 dashes Angostura bitters Pineapple leaf garnish Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "Recipes survive gone-but-not-forgotten culture of 1950s," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of shaker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shaker

: a container that is shaken to mix something or to make something come out

Shaker : a member of a U.S. religious group that is known for living simply in close communities


shak·er | \ˈshā-kər \

Kids Definition of shaker

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

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