- a person who makes shoes from cordovan leather.
- shoemaker; cobbler.
Origin of cordwainer
Examples from the Web for cordwainer
It is true that the family was a branch of the Oddi, and the lover only a cordwainer.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
Edmund was sent to Concord and became a cordwainer or shoemaker.Ben Comee
M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
And every cordwainer that shod any man or woman on the Sunday, to pay thirty shillings.The Survey of London
I shall not wonder if I come to be cousin to a cordwainer's 'prentice yet!Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2)
Jonathon Holt Ingraham
An apprentice of a cordwainer in the town ran away in 1764, or, as it was worded on the police notice, "did elope from service."From John O'Groats to Land's End
Robert Naylor and John Naylor
- archaic a shoemaker or worker in cordovan leather
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.