Definition of cordwainer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdweɪnə/

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A shoemaker (still used in the names of guilds): the Cordwainers' Company
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  • Early unions followed the British model of craft-based associations among printers, tailors, cordwainers, cabinet-makers, shipwrights, carpenters, and stonemasons.
  • Four are listed as cordwainers (that is, boot-makers and shoe-makers) - Henry Crossman, John Rowe, William Solomon and William Williams.
  • The four known marriages for this generation were at roughly the same age between 1790 and 1795, and in 1803 at least four of the five actors were working as cordwainers.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cordewaner, from Old French cordewan, 'of Cordoba' (see cordovan).

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