[ shey-ker ]
/ ˈʃeɪ kər /


a person or thing that shakes.
a container with a perforated top from which a seasoning, condiment, sugar, flour, or the like is shaken onto food.
any of various containers for shaking beverages to mix the ingredients: a cocktail shaker.
a dredger or caster.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Millennial Church, originating in England in the middle of the 18th century and brought to the U.S. in 1774, advocating celibacy, common ownership of property, and a strict and simple way of life: so called from their practice of shaking during religious services.


(initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of something produced by Shakers and characterized by simplicity of form, lack of ornamentation, fine craftsmanship, and functionality.



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Origin of shaker

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at shake, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for shakers (1 of 2)

/ (ˈʃeɪkəz) /

pl n

the Shakers an American millenarian sect, founded in 1747 as an offshoot of the Quakers, given to ecstatic shaking, advocating celibacy for its members, and practising common ownership of property

British Dictionary definitions for shakers (2 of 2)

/ (ˈʃeɪkə) /


a person or thing that shakes
a container, often having a perforated top, from which something, such as a condiment, is shaken
a container in which the ingredients of alcoholic drinks are shaken together
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

Cultural definitions for shakers


A religious group that rose in America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Shakers derived their name from a dance that was part of their religious ceremony. They lived in small, tightly knit communities and observed celibacy.

notes for Shakers

Shaker furniture is renowned for its simplicity, strength, and beauty.
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Idioms and Phrases with shakers


see mover and shaker.

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