Definition of moccasin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmäkəsən/


1A soft leather slipper or shoe, strictly one without a separate heel, having the sole turned up on all sides and sewn to the upper in a simple gathered seam, in a style originating among North American Indians.
Example sentences
  • Soft or hard sole slippers, moccasins, slip-ons or mules - these are just a few of the appealing styles you can find.
  • I inhaled Indian myths, and I crept through the woods near our house, re-enacting these myths, and wishing, wishing, for a pair of soft leather moccasins.
  • She stepped forward, her soft leather moccasins making hardly a sound on the great white floor.
2A venomous American pit viper.
Example sentences
  • However, the most common snake misidentification that occurs is between the Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth) and virtually any snake found in or near the water.
  • Water moccasins bask on land, or on logs and stumps near water surface.


Early 17th century: from Virginia Algonquian mockasin. The word is also found in other American Indian languages.

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