Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Jun 29, 2006
This week's theme
Words related to shoes

This week's words
calced
slipshod
gumshoe
cordwainer
goody_two-shoes

Make a gift that
keeps on giving, all year long
A gift subscription of AWAD
It takes less than a minute.
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

cordwainer

Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

cordwainer (KORD-way-nuhr) noun

A shoemaker.

[From Old French cordewan, from Spanish cordobán (from Cordoba).]

Originally, a cordwainer was a shoemaker who worked with cordwain (or cordovan), a supple leather made from goatskin. The leather was named after Cordoba, a city in south Spain famed for this soft leather.

The term mostly survives as a surname, and also in the fancy names of the various guilds of shoemakers, for example:
The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company

"Luke Pollock, a cordwainer, is the owner of The English Leather Shop in Horton."
Ann Marie Bush; Horton Store Buys, Sells Goods; Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas); Sep 24, 2004.

X-Bonus

A myth is a fixed way of looking at the world which cannot be destroyed because, looked at through the myth, all evidence supports the myth. -Edward De Bono, consultant, writer, and speaker (b. 1933)

Subscribe:

Sign up to receive A.Word.A.Day in your mailbox every day.

Sponsored by:

Give the Gift of Words

Share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
Wordsmith Talk

Moderated Chat
Wordsmith Chat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith