a member of a fraternal order (Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine) that is an auxiliary of the Masonic order and is dedicated to good fellowship, health programs, charitable works, etc.

Origin of Shriner

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; shrine + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of shriner

  • Later it developed the janitor was a captain of police, also a Shriner.

  • Mr. Shriner, the one of whom we expected least, suddenly turned up at a table alone.

    Of All Things

    Robert C. Benchley

  • Sister Shriner is boiling over with railing toward God's pure little ones.

Word Origin and History for shriner



1882, a member of the Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (established 1872).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper