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

Recent Examples on the Web

Spice shaker set: Leave all the bulky spice jars at home and instead camp with something simple and slim like this six-piece set ($21.99). Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp revels in wringing joy from mundane items—a giant salt shaker is a weapon in one scene, as is an inflated Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in another. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 5 July 2018 Children can create their own cardboard harps and acoustic shakers. Pam Kragen,, "Huge harp highlights free music day in Carlsbad," 20 June 2018 Nate, who owns Hartford Ballroom with his sister, Lisa Spiro, offers instruction, chooses the music and sometimes accompanies it with claves, cowbell or egg shakers. Susan Dunne,, "Dancing The Night Away: Tango, Salsa Nights At Hartford Ballroom," 7 May 2018 Fiesta En La Calle’s outdoor celebration will feature a car and motorcycle show as well as folkloric Mexican ballet, Aztec dancing and samba and salsa hip-shakers. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Looking for a Cinco De Mayo fiesta? Here are your best bets in the Sacramento area | The Sacramento Bee," 4 May 2018 Additionally, pilots are reminded that an erroneous AOA can cause some or all of the following indications and effects: - Continuous or intermittent stick shaker on the affected side only. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 Combine 1½ ounces Bertoux Brandy, ¾ ounce lemon juice, ½ ounce Cointreau and ¼ ounce simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Kara Newman, WSJ, "Your New Favorite Brown Liquor," 4 Oct. 2018 Instructions Add whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Drink Whiskey: A Complete Guide," 1 Oct. 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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