shoe·​mak·​er | \ˈshü-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of shoemaker 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose occupation is making or repairing shoes


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Shoe·​mak·​er | \ˈshü-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of Shoemaker (Entry 2 of 2)

Eugene Merle 1928–1997 American planetary geologist

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Some swear allegiance to sports teams; others to shoemakers. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 28 June 2018 The Italians took jobs as barbers, shoemakers and grocers and also contributed to the city’s fruit and vegetable trade. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Early immigrants to Indianapolis and their hard-won path to citizenship," 22 June 2018 Her father, Joseph Fagone, was a shoemaker who had emigrated from Sicily. Bryan Marquard,, "Lucy Fiandaca, 94, who transformed ‘any situation into love’," 7 July 2018 But now, employers across the country – from shoemaker Nike in Oregon, to boat engine maker Mercury Marine in Wisconsin – have started offering a version of the perk. CBS News, "Taking Fridays off: Why it's good for business," 24 June 2018 Steve Scionti performs this one-actor play inspired by his grandfather, the shoemaker of the title; Scionti and James Shanta wrote the show, with additional dialog by Milwaukee's Anthony Crivello, who directs the production. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C.S. Lewis, 'Urinetown,' and 8 more shows to see in May," 30 Apr. 2018 This year’s winner was bespoke shoemaker Amara Hark-Weber. Jonah Flicker, Town & Country, "Anthony Bourdain Says Donald Trump's Well-Done Steak Order "Hurts Me"," 20 Apr. 2017 Curry's Golden State teammate, Klay Thompson, has a lucrative deal with a Chinese shoemaker, Anta, and recently signed an extension to keep him with the brand through 2026. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Marvin Bagley to sign largest shoe deal since Kevin Durant. You won't believe who it's with," 14 June 2018 One way or another, then, shoemakers are striding towards a bespoke future. The Economist, "Shoemakers bring bespoke footwear to the high street," 22 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who makes or repairs shoes


shoe·​mak·​er | \ˈshü-ˌmā-kər \

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: a person who makes or repairs shoes

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