a person whose occupation it is to make and repair watches.

Origin of watchmaker

First recorded in 1620–30; watch + maker
Related formswatch·mak·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for watchmaker

Contemporary Examples of watchmaker

Historical Examples of watchmaker

  • The neighbor she respected the most was still the watchmaker.


    Emile Zola

  • This week he was claiming he used to be a watchmaker before he began to shake.

    The Altar at Midnight

    Cyril M. Kornbluth

  • The mysterious sprinkling of marionettes not wound up by the watchmaker.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • "Oh, there's nothing in it," said the watchmaker reassuringly.

    Half a Hero

    Anthony Hope

  • Mary's father, Walter Gray, was employed at a watchmaker's of repute.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

British Dictionary definitions for watchmaker



a person who makes or mends watches
Derived Formswatchmaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for watchmaker

1620s, from watch (n.) + maker.

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