[ joi-ner ]
/ ˈdʒɔɪ nər /


a person or thing that joins.
a carpenter, especially one who constructs doors, window sashes, paneling, and other permanent woodwork.
a person who belongs to many clubs, associations, societies, etc., often from indiscriminate enthusiasm, for increased status, to make business or social contacts, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. join forces,
  2. join the club,
  3. join up,
  4. joinder,
  5. joined-up,
  6. joiner door,
  7. joinery,
  8. joint,
  9. joint account,
  10. joint and last survivor annuity

Origin of joiner

1350–1400; join + -er1; replacing Middle English joinour < Anglo-French joignour, equivalent to joign- (see join) + -our -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for joiner


/ (ˈdʒɔɪnə) /


mainly British a person trained and skilled in making finished woodwork, such as windows, doors, and stairs
a person or thing that joins
informal a person who joins many clubs, causes, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for joiner



early 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), joynour "maker of furniture, small boxes, etc.," from Old French joigneor "joiner, carpenter," agent noun from joindre "to join" (see join). A craftsman who did lighter and more ornamental work than a carpenter. Meaning "one who makes a habit of joining" (societies, clubs, etc.) is from 1890. Related: Joinery.

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