- a popular name for a member of the Religious Society of Friends.
Origin of Quaker
Examples from the Web for quaker
One was a Quaker school, whose name he can no longer recall, in upstate New York.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The Quaker Chewy Dipps Chocolate Chip granola bar is more than 40 percent sugar by weight.
Quaker did not return a request for comment at the time of publishing.
A single packet of Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar instant oatmeal, though, contains a full tablespoon of sugar.
A Modern Orthodox Jew, a Buddhist and a Quaker walk into…the Capitol?10 Religious Surprises in the US Congress
March 9, 2014
Nothing of the kind was ever seen before in the habitation of a Quaker farmer.Biographical Stories
The Quaker trading captain regarded him for a while in silence.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Do you remember the honest Quaker's answer to the man of no party?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Returning to England, he married a Quaker lady as his second wife.Heroes of the Telegraph
He was a Quaker preacher, and his presence in Preston was the occasion of this disturbance.The Shadow of a Crime
- a member of the Religious Society of Friends, a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1650, whose central belief is the doctrine of the Inner Light. Quakers reject sacraments, ritual, and formal ministry, hold meetings at which any member may speak, and have promoted many causes for social reform
- of, relating to, or designating the Religious Society of Friends or its religious beliefs or practices
Word Origin and History for quaker
1651, said to have been applied to them in 1650 by Justice Bennett at Derby, from George Fox's admonition to his followers to "tremble at the Word of the Lord;" but the word was used earlier of foreign sects given to fits of shaking during religious fervor, and that is likely the source here. Either way, it never was an official name of the Religious Society of Friends. The word in a literal sense is attested from early 15c., an agent noun from quake (v.).
There is not a word in the Scripture, to put David's condition into rime and meeter: sometimes he quaked and trembled, and lay roaring all the day long, that he watered his bed with his tears: and how can you sing these conditions (but dishonour the Lord) and say all your bones quake, your flesh trembled, and that you water your bed with your tears? when you live in pride and haughtiness, and pleasure, and wantonness;" etc. ["A Brief Discovery of a threefold estate of Antichrist Now Extant in the world, etc.," an early Quaker work, London, 1653]
Quaker gun (1809, American English) was a log painted black and propped up to look from a distance like a cannon, so called for the sect's noted pacifism. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been known as the Quaker City since at least 1824. Related: Quakerish; Quakeress ("a female Quaker"); Quakerism.