from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A carpenter, especially a cabinetmaker.
  • noun Informal A person given to joining groups, organizations, or causes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who joins. Specifically
  • noun One whose occupation is to construct things by joining pieces of wood by means of glue, framing, or nails; appropriately and usually, a mechanic who does the wood-work for the internal and external finishings of houses, ships, etc.
  • noun In wood-working, a power-tool for sawing, planing, cross-cutting, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, joins.
  • noun One whose occupation is to construct articles by joining pieces of wood; a mechanic who does the woodwork (as doors, stairs, etc.) necessary for the finishing of buildings.
  • noun A wood-working machine, for sawing, plaining, mortising, tenoning, grooving, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thing that joins two separate items, e.g. software to connect video or music clips.
  • noun A maker of wooden furniture or fittings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who likes to join groups
  • noun a woodworker whose work involves making things by joining pieces of wood


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • However I have never been much of a 'joiner' - I'm not the follower kinda gal and have never embraced socialism or facism or even religion without some kind of balance.

    The Nazi In Me

  • He was not a joiner, which is one of the reasons he was more revered than the existentialist and communist Jean-Paul Sartre, even though Sartre lived through and even participated in the sixties student movements.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • In the northern masters there is no appearance of what M. Ernest Dupuy calls the joiner-work of the French fictionalists; and there is, in the process, no joiner-work in Zola, but the final effect is joiner-work.

    Emile Zola

  • "I want to hear what Mr. Jarvis has to say to it: he's a carpenter himself, you see, -- a joiner, that is, you know."

    The Vicar's Daughter

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  • Around 1910 during the silent film era, one of the only creative opportunities available to women was working as a "joiner," patiently organizing and splicing together strips of silent film in one of the studio's editorial rooms.

    Candy Spelling: Chipping Away at the Celluloid Ceiling

  • "I'm not much of a" joiner "but I read about 30 plus publications, blogs and magazines a day," offers Ms. Merchant.

    Nilofer Merchant

  • However, the "joiner" application was filed late on Wednesday for the court to consider.

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  • Call that outcome anything that a professional "joiner" could claim?

    Remembering Beslan and thinking Peaches

  • "And then this creature, after a billion years of total intellectual solitude, becomes a 'joiner' as soon as he encounters humanity!"



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