1. One that makes or manufactures. Often used in combination: a filmmaker; a maker of fine violins.
2. One who engages in creative do-it-yourself projects, especially those involving technology.
3. Law A party that signs a promissory note or contract.
4. Maker God. Often used with a possessive adjective: prayed to her Maker for guidance.
5. Archaic A poet.
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