[ kawrd-wey-ner ]
/ ˈkɔrd weɪ nər /

noun Archaic.

a person who makes shoes from cordovan leather.
shoemaker; cobbler.


Origin of cordwainer

1150–1200; Middle English cordewaner < Old French cordewan(i)er. See cordwain, -er2
Related formscord·wain·er·y, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cordwainer


/ (ˈkɔːdˌweɪnə) /


archaic a shoemaker or worker in cordovan leather
Derived Formscordwainery, noun
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Word Origin and History for cordwainer



"shoemaker, leatherworker," c.1100, from Anglo-French cordewaner, from Old French cordoan "(leather) of Cordova," the town in Spain whose leather was favored by the upper class for shoes. Cf. cordovan, a later borrowing directly from Spanish.

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