shoe·​mak·​er ˈshü-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce shoemaker (audio)
: a person whose occupation is making or repairing shoes

Examples of shoemaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Birkenstock heads for Wall Street German shoemaker Birkenstock has filed for an initial public offering in New York, becoming the latest European company to choose the United States as the place to raise money on the stock market. Krystal Hur, CNN, 14 Sep. 2023 When Lionel went back to the shoemaker, the old man shrugged. Dave Eggers, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2023 Footwear from the collaborative collection includes the UGG Classic Ultra Mini silhouette ($325), a waterproof take on the shoemaker’s popular Tasman X clog ($195), and two outdoor slides that were inspired by signature UGG slippers that feature embroidery and patchworked sheepskin. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2023 German shoemaker provides first big test of new-issue market since a trio of marquee offerings last month German shoemaker Birkenstock priced its initial public offering at $46 a share, setting up the next big test of the new-issue market when the stock begins trading Wednesday. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2023 Stock market minnows are grabbing most of the world's IPOs The shoemaker’s upcoming listing is a coup for the US market, and another loss for stock exchanges in Europe. Anna Cooban, CNN, 3 Oct. 2023 Two other shoemakers haven’t fared well since going public in 2021. Ryan Gould, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2023 There’s nothing left here from 1834, the year of the city directory that has the shoemaker living on the east side of Fourth Street SE. John Kelly, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2023 Selecting and caring for the right pair Potter suggests sticking with shoemakers that have been around for a century or more, or finding a vintage pair from a legacy brand. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoemaker was in the 14th century

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“Shoemaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


shoe·​mak·​er -ˌmā-kər How to pronounce shoemaker (audio)
: a person who makes or repairs shoes

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Shoe·​mak·​er ˈshü-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce Shoemaker (audio)
Eugene Merle 1928–1997 American planetary geologist

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