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

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Following the Steelers’ 33-3 Super Bowl-banner-unveiling beatdown inflicted upon them by the Patriots Sunday night, alluding to Brown was like emptying a salt shaker into their wounds., "FOXBOROUGH — If there’s an Antonio Brown user’s guide, the Pittsburgh Steelers were in no mood to share it with the Patriots. Mentions of their former teammate-turned-Raiders escapee-turned-Patriots principle-torching mercenary were met with tight-lipped dismissiveness and taciturn resentment.," 10 Sep. 2019 Keep nibblin’ on sponge cake and looking for that lost shaker of salt because Margaritaville, still, is on the way to Town Madison. Paul Gattis |, al, "No, Margaritaville is not wastin’ away at Town Madison," 6 Sep. 2019 Instructions In a cocktail shaker, combine the horchata cream, tequila, rum, syrup and bitters. Los Angeles Times, "The best cocktail for horchata lovers in L.A.," 14 Aug. 2019 My mom would grab the yellow and white salt shaker and call us kids to come with her. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Toast To Your Hot Girl Summer With These Easy Labor Day Cocktails," 30 Aug. 2019 Called the Children’s Corner, the activities range from making old-fashioned paper dolls and nature prints to music shakers and corn husk dolls., "Quick Dip: Shake, rattle and roll around town," 24 Aug. 2019 Place the jalapeño and cilantro in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle until the jalapeño is mashed into small pieces and the cilantro crushed and fragrant., "Recipe: El Picador cocktail," 21 Aug. 2019 The home’s interior has been recently updated in a soft shade of gray with simple white shaker style cabinetry, white subway tiles and light-colored quartz countertops for a casual, elegant beach vibe. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Live on the bay in Alameda," 20 Aug. 2019

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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
: 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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