mak·​er | \ ˈmā-kər How to pronounce maker (audio) \
plural makers

Definition of maker

: one that makes: such as
a capitalized : god sense 1 Tastemakers shunned Hartshorne because he violated modernist taboo by arguing that God actually exists. Faith establishments shunned him because he maintained that the Maker must be imperfect.— Gregg Easterbrook — see also meet one's maker
b archaic : poet
c : a person who borrows money on a promissory note The party that agrees to repay the money is the maker of the note, and the party that receives money in the future is the payee.— Gary A. Porter and Curtis L. Norton
d : manufacturer For six months, starting in September 1972, Satoshi Kamata, a journalist, worked incognito as a temporary employee at Toyota, Japan's largest car maker.— Steve Lohr Robin Williams stars as Leslie Zevo, the son of a toy maker … with a macabre sense of whimsy.— Peter Travers
e : a person who experiments with creating, constructing, modifying, or repairing objects especially as a hobby With 3D printers and sewing machines, laser cutters and hand tools, makers are innovating and revolutionizing the creative process of turning ideas into tangible objects.Record Observer (Centreville, Maryland) Maker culture is about … learning by doing, taking an idea from paper to reality.— Peg Mawby As he tinkered, [inventor Saul] Griffith became a prime exemplar of "maker culture"—a community of sophisticated do-it-yourselfers who view hardware in the same provisional way that computer hackers view software, and who believe that making, modifying, and repairing things can be an antidote to throwaway consumerism.— David Owen

Examples of maker in a Sentence

a maker of action films a maker of computer chips a hymn giving thanks to the Maker of all things
Recent Examples on the Web Ford is the only Detroit auto maker that features among the five most popular stocks on investment platform Robinhood. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 One man is driving the bearish sentiment: Warren Buffett and his decision to start trimming his sizable stake in the electric-car maker. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2022 One Titanic expert, Rory Golden, who has accompanied the group during its Titanic explorations pointed out details such as the name of the anchor maker, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd., on the ship's portside anchor. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2022 The house, originally a boathouse, was built by auto maker Alexander Winton. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2022 Features of the ship, such as the name of the anchor maker, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd on the port side anchor, are now visible. CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 In the lawsuit filed this month, Karma Automotive, an Irvine, Calif.-based and Chinese-owned electric auto maker, alleges that the new company was created based on intellectual property that its founders stole while working for Karma. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Aug. 2022 This week, a New York judge ruled against Ben & Jerry’s in an unusual case the ice-cream maker brought against Unilever, its owner. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 24 Aug. 2022 Shortly after Musk agreed to pay 38% above Twitter’s stock price, the stock market stumbled and shares of the electric-car maker Tesla, where most of Musk’s personal wealth resides, lost more than $100 billion of their value. Barbara Ortutay, ajc, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of maker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2022

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“Maker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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: one (as an issuer) that undertakes to pay a negotiable instrument and especially a note sign a note as maker rather than indorser

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