[ kwey-ker ]
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  1. a popular name for a member of the Society of Friends.

Origin of Quaker

First recorded in 1590–1600; quake + -er1

Other words from Quaker

  • an·ti-Quak·er, adjective, noun
  • Quak·er·ish, Quak·er·like, adjective
  • non-Quak·er, noun, adjective
  • non-Quak·er·ish, adjective
  • pro-Quak·er, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Quaker


/ (ˈkweɪkə) /

  1. 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

  1. of, relating to, or designating the Religious Society of Friends or its religious beliefs or practices

Origin of Quaker

C17: originally a derogatory nickname, alluding either to their alleged ecstatic fits, or to George Fox's injunction to " quake at the word of the Lord"

Derived forms of Quaker

  • Quakeress, fem n
  • Quakerish, adjective
  • Quakerism, noun

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Cultural definitions for Quaker


A member of the Religious Society of Friends. The Quakers are a group of Christians (see also Christian) who use no scripture and believe in great simplicity in daily life and in worship. Their services consist mainly of silent meditation.

Notes for Quaker

Quakers have traditionally been committed to pacifism.

Notes for Quaker

Pennsylvania was settled by a group of Quakers fleeing religious persecution.

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