A leather worker, shoemaker. The title cordwainer applied not only to the maker of leather goods but also to the merchant who imported cargoes of Spanish leather. Some of these men achieved prominence in London: e.g. Gervase the Cordwainer was the king's chamberlain of London in 1227, becoming *sheriff in 1237. -

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  • Cordwainer — Cord wain*er ( ?r), n. [OE. cordwaner, cordiner, fr. OF. cordoanier, cordouanier, F. cordonnier.] A worker in cordwain, or cordovan leather; a shoemaker. [Archaic.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cordwainer — shoemaker, leatherworker, c.1100, from Anglo Fr. cordewaner, from O.Fr. cordoan (leather) of Cordova, the town in Spain whose leather was favored by the upper class for shoes. Cf. CORDOVAN (Cf. cordovan), a later borrowing directly from Spanish …   Etymology dictionary

  • cordwainer — [kôrd′wān΄ər] n. [ME cordwaner < OFr cordoanier: see CORDWAIN] Archaic a shoemaker, orig. one who worked in cordovan leather …   English World dictionary

  • Cordwainer — This article is about the occupation; for the science fiction writers, see Cordwainer Smith and Cordwainer Bird. Cordwainer statue on Watling street, in the Cordwainer ward of the City of London. A cordwainer (or cordovan) is a shoemaker/cobbler… …   Wikipedia

  • cordwainer — noun Date: 14th century 1. archaic a worker in cordovan leather 2. shoemaker • cordwainery noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cordwainer — cordwainery, n. /kawrd way neuhr/, n. Archaic. 1. a person who makes shoes from cordovan leather. 2. shoemaker; cobbler. [1150 1200; ME cordewaner < OF cordewan(i)er. See CORDWAIN, ER2] * * * …   Universalium

  • cordwainer — noun a) a shoemaker b) a worker in cordwain a leather from Córdoba. Syn: shoemaker See Also: cobbler …   Wiktionary

  • cordwainer — [ kɔ:dweɪnə] noun archaic a shoemaker (still used in the names of guilds). Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. cordewaner, from OFr. cordewan (see cordovan) …   English new terms dictionary

  • cordwainer — n. Shoemaker …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • cordwainer — cord·wain·er …   English syllables

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