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[woch-mey-ker] /ˈwɒtʃˌmeɪ kər/
a person whose occupation it is to make and repair watches.
Origin of watchmaker
First recorded in 1620-30; watch + maker
Related forms
watchmaking, noun Unabridged
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  • The neighbor she respected the most was still the watchmaker.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • This week he was claiming he used to be a watchmaker before he began to shake.

    The Altar at Midnight Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • The mysterious sprinkling of marionettes not wound up by the watchmaker.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • "Oh, there's nothing in it," said the watchmaker reassuringly.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • Mary's father, Walter Gray, was employed at a watchmaker's of repute.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • Should it be taken to town, and have the point renewed by the watchmaker?

  • The watchmaker rose, then paused a moment, a flush passing over him.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The family of a Jewish watchmaker is evicted for being too poor.

British Dictionary definitions for watchmaker


a person who makes or mends watches
Derived Forms
watchmaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for watchmaker

1620s, from watch (n.) + maker.

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