a person who bakes.
a person who makes and sells bread, cake, etc.
a small portable oven.
(usually initial capital letter) a code word used in communications to represent the letter B.

Origin of baker

before 1000; Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere. See bake, -er1
Related formsbak·er·like, adjective




Sir Benjamin,1840–1907, English engineer.
GeorgeFather Divine, 1877–1965, U.S. religious leader.
George Pierce,1866–1935, U.S. critic, author, and professor of drama.
Howard H(enry), Jr.,1925–2014, U.S. politician: senator 1967–85.
Dame Janet,born 1933, English mezzo-soprano.
Josephine,1906–75, French entertainer, born in the U.S.
Newton Diehl [deel] /dil/, 1871–1937, U.S. lawyer: Secretary of War 1916–21.
Ray Stan·nard [stan-erd] /ˈstæn ərd/David Grayson, 1870–1946, U.S. author.
Samuel White,1821–93, English explorer and colonial administrator: discovered Lake Albert.
Mount, a mountain in NW Washington, in the Cascade Range: highest peak, 10,750 feet (3277 meters).
a town in central Louisiana. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for baker

cook, chef

Examples from the Web for baker

Contemporary Examples of baker

Historical Examples of baker

  • Worst of all, almost, Mrs. Baker told the tale of my misdeeds to John.

  • Without John, Mrs. Baker really didn't know how to refuse me.

  • Mrs. Baker and John were with us; Ned was not, but I knew that he would follow.

  • Miss Baker talked persistently about Bermuda; as if my exile had ever been a possibility!

  • Old Trine stood behind the baker's boy, and her big basket was at her feet.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for baker



a person whose business or employment is to make or sell bread, cakes, etc
a portable oven
on the baker's list Irish informal in good health



Sir Benjamin . 1840–1907, British engineer who, with Sir John Fowler, designed and constructed much of the London underground railway, the Forth Railway Bridge, and the first Aswan Dam
Chet, full name Chesney H. Baker. 1929–88, US jazz trumpeter and singer
Dame Janet . born 1933, British mezzo-soprano
Sir Samuel White . 1821–93, British explorer: discovered Lake Albert (1864)
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Word Origin and History for baker

Old English bæcere "baker," agent noun from bacan "to bake" (see bake (v.)). In the Middle Ages, the craft had two divisions, braun-bakeres and whit-bakeres.

White bakers shall bake no hors brede..broune bakers shall bake whete brede as it comyth grounde fro the mylle withoute ony bultyng of the same. Also the seid broune bakers shall bake hors brede of clene benys and pesyn, And also brede that is called housholdersbrede. [Letterbook in the City of London Records Office, Guildhall, 1441]

Baker's dozen "thirteen" is from 1590s.

These dealers [hucksters] ... on purchasing their bread from the bakers, were privileged by law to receive thirteen batches for twelve, and this would seem to have been the extent of their profits. Hence the expression, still in use, "A baker's dozen." [H.T. Riley, "Liber Albus," 1859]
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