- 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.
Origin of shaker
Examples from the Web for shakers
These men knew each other as comrades in arms, and are members of a brotherhood that includes movers and shakers.Halevi's 'Like Dreamers' Is the Big Book On Israel We've Been Waiting For
October 8, 2013
Female movers and shakers host their own economic forum in France.Davos in Heels
October 21, 2009
So in a city now crammed with a plethora of big name chefs is a sentimental journey enough to entice the movers and shakers?The Jockey Club Makes a Comeback
December 7, 2008
Miss Fitch is going to have a picnic and take us to the Shakers.Eyebright
If he dragged her away from the Shakers against her will, what would be gained?
His wife did prefer the Shakers to her husband and her home.
Perhaps all this time Grace has been pining after the Shakers.Love After Marriage; and Other Stories of the Heart
Caroline Lee Hentz
Other peple was sinful as they could be, but Shakers was all right.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward
Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for shakers
mid-15c., "one who or which shakes," agent noun from shake (v.). Applied from 1640s (with capital initial) to various Christian sects whose devotional exercises often involved convulsions. The best-known, the American-based "Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing;" so called from 1784; the adjective with reference to furniture styles associated with these Shakers is recorded from 1866. Meaning "container for mixing cocktails, etc." is recorded from 1868. Phrase movers and shakers is attested from 1874.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with shakers
see mover and shaker.