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

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Other Words from shaker

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

Examples of shaker in a Sentence

a member of the Shakers
Recent Examples on the Web Combine bourbon, lemon juice, Cointreau, and ice in a cocktail shaker; shake until very cold. Mary Heffernen, Country Living, "M5 Sidecar," 5 Oct. 2020 Directions: Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Travel + Leisure, "National Vodka Day Is Oct. 4 — Here Are 15 Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate," 3 Oct. 2020 In a shaker, add tequila, grapefruit juice, sugar and a squeeze of lime juice. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "New documentary ‘Truly Texas Mexican’ traces the indigenous food heritage of the borderlands," 4 Sep. 2020 In cocktail shaker, combine vodka or whiskey, pumpkin liqueur and Irish cream. Add ice and shake until very cold, at least 1 minute. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Martini," 25 Sep. 2020 Cover and shake until the outside of your cocktail shaker becomes frosted. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Add Pickle Juice to Your Next Martini," 5 June 2020 Those in need of extra storage should check out the Platt cabinet bench ($285, originally $410.99;, which has three shaker-style doors and is on sale in six finishes. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Your guide to the Labor Day furniture sales happening now," 7 Sep. 2019 In a cocktail shaker, shake first 6 ingredients to froth egg white. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Rose Recipes for the Prettiest Cakes and Cocktails," 3 Sep. 2020 Shake for 1 minute or until the outside of the shaker has condensation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Horchata so good, you won’t even know it’s vegan," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shaker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2020

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“Shaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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

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