shoe·​mak·​er | \ ˈshü-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of shoemaker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose occupation is making or repairing shoes


biographical name
Shoe·​mak·​er | \ ˈshü-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of Shoemaker (Entry 2 of 2)

Eugene Merle 1928–1997 American planetary geologist

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The brilliant array of custom patinas is what sets Berluti apart from other shoemakers. Nicole Berrie, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Gorgeous European Souvenirs Are Made Just For You," 28 Sep. 2018 First Heritage had already bought Robert Clergerie, the French shoemaker. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Belgian Brand Delvaux Makes Its American Debut," 5 Nov. 2018 Its purchase of shoemaker Jimmy Choo Plc last year added to its couture credibility, giving it $600 sandals and $1,000 pumps. Kim Bhasin, The Seattle Times, "Michael Kors $2 billion bet on Versace may be too bold," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shoemaker

: someone who makes or repairs shoes


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