Definition of weaver in US English:

weaver

noun

  • 1A person who weaves fabric.

    • ‘We set out for the neighbouring village of Kethan, where simple weavers wove the delicate fabric of cotton and silk embroidered with gold and silver.’
    • ‘Calling all Bolton ex-mill workers, carders, spinners, winders and weavers… someone wants to hear your story.’
    • ‘People usually specialized in a particular trade, barrel makers, wheelwrights, weavers and so forth.’
    • ‘Silver wire was used by embroiderers, lace-makers and weavers for embellishing high-quality fabrics.’
    • ‘He can trace his ancestors in this area back to 1650, a long line of shepherds, coopers, weavers and the occasional collier.’
    • ‘Well, each one of them is not only a piece of art but represents magic created on wild silk by traditional weavers.’
    • ‘Those who make their living as blacksmiths, weavers, potters, or musicians are looked upon with some disfavor and suspicion.’
    • ‘Armed with the strongest and finest cotton thread in the world, Bolton's weavers were able to produce the finest cotton material in the world.’
    • ‘In the early 1800s, the French weaver Joseph Jacquard invented a loom in which a series of punched cards controlled the patterns of cloth and carpet produced.’
    • ‘The library has recently acquired a weaver's pattern book printed in the seventeenth century described by the textile historian Patricia Hilts as the earliest known example of its genre.’
    • ‘He lists the names of dyers, weavers, and embroiderers where possible.’
    • ‘The largest group were Huguenots, many of them silk weavers, silversmiths, and furniture makers.’
    • ‘In Kanchipuram, a centre of silk weaving, male weavers alone were recognised by the government cooperatives.’
    • ‘This was not the case in parts of Ulster, where a substantial proportion of linen weavers were not independent producers but wage-workers.’
    • ‘Almost everyone employed the carpenter's skill in some way, from fishermen and weavers to shoe-makers.’
    • ‘Different streets were allotted for different professions such as potters, weavers, dyers, jewellers, and bakers.’
    • ‘On the whole, it is an earnest attempt to preserve traditional crafts from extinction and to help skilled craftsmen and weavers, who are living in penury.’
    • ‘This led to an enormous leap in productivity especially among tool makers, weavers and metal workers.’
    • ‘It had two butchers, two coopers, two weavers, a shoemaker, blacksmith, a cornmill, a pound, a lime kiln and, of course, a pub.’
    • ‘Women are expert weavers and dyers and make their own cloth.’
  • 2A songbird of tropical Africa and Asia, related to the sparrows and building elaborately woven nests.

    Family Ploceidae: several genera, in particular Ploceus, and numerous species

    • ‘All the animals had gathered there - giraffes, hippos, antelope, buffalo, warthogs, zebras, aardvarks, hyenas, mongooses, storks and weaver birds.’
    • ‘The weaver will feed the cuckoo's chick together with her own two chicks.’
    • ‘To burn those extra calories, a colony of 150 weavers with no nest would have to catch and eat 4,500 more insects each day.’
    • ‘It is also beautiful and tranquil and I have seen kingfishers there as well as hundreds of weavers.’
    • ‘A weaver bird uses its own body as a template as it builds the hemispherical egg chamber of its nest.’
    • ‘During three days in the park, we saw everything from lions, rhinos, and giraffes to herds of impalas and flocks of weaver birds, so named because they weave nests that hang pendant-like from trees.’
    • ‘The sociable weaver is endemic to southern Africa, with its core distribution being in the Northern Cape and Namibia.’
    • ‘The weavers' primary reptilian enemies are the boomslang and the Cape cobra.’
    • ‘Well they're in the trees in our street… All the usual ones - sunbirds, weavers, orioles and so on.’

Pronunciation

weaver

/ˈwēvər//ˈwivər/