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ˈkweɪ kərquak·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Friend, Quakernoun

    a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)

  2. quaker, tremblernoun

    one who quakes and trembles with (or as with) fear


  1. Quakernoun

    A believer of the Quaker faith and a member of the Society of Friends, known for their pacifist views.

  2. Etymology: A name given to members of the Religious Society of Friends in England when, in his defense, the leader of the Society said that the English judge would be the one to quake with fear before God on his Day of Judgment.


  1. quaker

    Quakers are people who belong to a historically Protestant Christian set of denominations known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Members of these movements ("the Friends") are generally united by a belief in each human's ability to experience the light within or see "that of God in every one". Some profess a priesthood of all believers inspired by the First Epistle of Peter. They include those with evangelical, holiness, liberal, and traditional Quaker understandings of Christianity. There are also Nontheist Quakers, whose spiritual practice does not rely on the existence of God. To differing extents, the Friends avoid creeds and hierarchical structures. In 2017, there were an estimated 377,557 adult Quakers, 49% of them in Africa.Some 89% of Quakers worldwide belong to evangelical and programmed branches that hold services with singing and a prepared Bible message coordinated by a pastor. Some 11% practice waiting worship or unprogrammed worship (commonly Meeting for Worship), where the unplanned order of service is mainly silent and may include unprepared vocal ministry from those present. Some meetings of both types have Recorded Ministers present; Friends recognised for their gift of vocal ministry.The proto-evangelical Christian movement dubbed Quakerism arose in mid-17th-century England from the Legatine-Arians and other dissenting Protestant groups breaking with the established Church of England. The Quakers, especially the Valiant Sixty, sought to convert others by travelling through Britain and overseas preaching the Gospel. Some early Quaker ministers were women. They based their message on a belief that "Christ has come to teach his people himself," stressing direct relations with God through Jesus Christ and direct belief in the universal priesthood of all believers. This personal religious experience of Christ was acquired by direct experience and by reading and studying the Bible. Quakers focused their private lives on behaviour and speech reflecting emotional purity and the light of God, with a goal of Christian perfection.Past Quakers were known to use thee as an ordinary pronoun, refuse to participate in war, wear plain dress, refuse to swear oaths, oppose slavery, and practise teetotalism. Some Quakers founded banks and financial institutions, including Barclays, Lloyds, and Friends Provident; manufacturers including the footwear firm of C. & J. Clark and the big three British confectionery makers Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry; and philanthropic efforts, including abolition of slavery, prison reform, and social justice. In 1947, Quakers represented by the British Friends Service Council and the American Friends Service Committee were awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.


  1. quaker

    A Quaker is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, a Christian movement founded in England during the 17th century by George Fox. Quakers believe in the doctrine of the "Inner light" or the direct, individual communion with God which results in a commitment to pacifism, social equality, and simplicity. They prefer to follow personal illumination rather than formal sacraments or religious rituals. The term 'Quaker' originated as a pejorative nickname, implying they trembled 'quaked' at the word of God, but later became widely accepted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quakernoun

    one who quakes

  2. Quakernoun

    one of a religious sect founded by George Fox, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, -- the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See Friend, n., 4

  3. Quakernoun

    the nankeen bird

  4. Quakernoun

    the sooty albatross

  5. Quakernoun

    any grasshopper or locust of the genus (Edipoda; -- so called from the quaking noise made during flight


  1. Quaker

    Quaker is an extinct town in Vermillion Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, United States. The post office at Quaker was established in 1894 and discontinued in 1914.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quaker

    kwā′kėr, n. one of the Society of Friends, a religious sect founded by George Fox (1624-90): a dummy cannon: a collector's name for certain noctuoid moths.—n. Quā′ker-bird, the sooty albatross.—n.pl. Quā′ker-butt′ons, the round seeds of nux vomica.—ns. Quā′ker-col′our, drab; Quā′kerdom, the Quakers as a class; Quā′keress, a female Quaker.—adjs. Quā′kerish, Quā′kerly, like a Quaker.—n. Quā′kerism, the tenets of the Quakers.—Stewed Quaker, molasses or honey, with butter and vinegar, taken hot against colds. [The nickname Quakers was first given them by Judge Bennet at Derby, because Fox bade him and those present quake at the word of the Lord.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. quaker

    A false or wooden gun; so called in allusion to the "Friends" not fighting.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quaker in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quaker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of quaker in a Sentence

  1. John McElroy:

    The Philadelphia area was critical to the young church in the early 1800s, the Quaker community believed strongly in the freedom of religion and permitted the church to hold meetings locally without fear.

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