a person or thing that makes.
a manufacturer (used in combination): drugmaker; garmentmaker.
(initial capital letter) God.
the party executing a legal instrument, especially a promissory note.
Cards. the player who first names the successful bid.
Archaic. a poet.


    go to/meetone's Maker, to die.

Origin of maker

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at make1, -er1
Related formspre·mak·er, nounun·der·mak·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maker

Contemporary Examples of maker

Historical Examples of maker

  • The day which his Maker intended as a blessing, man has converted into a curse.

  • In all my risks and emergencies, I am not sensible of having given a thought to my Maker.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Wland (gen. Wlandes, 455), the maker of Bewulf's coat of mail, 455.



  • It is leagued with the powers of darkness, in wresting man from his Maker.

  • She picked up a packet of the chocolate and looked at the name of the maker.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for maker



a person who makes (something); fabricator; constructor
a person who executes a legal document, esp one who signs a promissory note
archaic, Scot a poetAlso called (esp Scot): makar



a title given to God
go to meet one's Maker or meet one's Maker to die
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 maker

c.1300, "one who makes," also "God as creator," agent noun from make (v.). Specifically, "manufacturer" by late 14c. To meet (one's) maker "die" is attested by 1814.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper