Definition of cordwainer in English:



  • A shoemaker (still used in the names of guilds)

    ‘the Cordwainers' Company’
    • ‘Four are listed as cordwainers (that is, boot-makers and shoe-makers) - Henry Crossman, John Rowe, William Solomon and William Williams.’
    • ‘She'd married young, to a cordwainer's apprentice with a clubfoot and jittery laugh, named Ephraim Bennet.’
    • ‘Early unions followed the British model of craft-based associations among printers, tailors, cordwainers, cabinet-makers, shipwrights, carpenters, and stonemasons.’
    • ‘The four known marriages for this generation were at roughly the same age between 1790 and 1795, and in 1803 at least four of the five actors were working as cordwainers.’
    • ‘Thanks to a record left by the royal cordwainer, we learn Henry VIII owned a pair of football boots.’


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cordewaner, from Old French cordewan, of Cordoba (see cordovan).