Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

humanitarian

play
noun hu·man·i·tar·i·an \hyü-ˌma-nə-ˈter-ē-ən, yü-\

Simple Definition of humanitarian

  • : a person who works to make other people's lives better

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of humanitarian

  1. :  a person promoting human welfare and social reform :  philanthropist

humanitarian adjective
humanitarianism play \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Examples of humanitarian in a sentence

  1. She has been recognized as a great humanitarian for her efforts to end world hunger.



1844

First Known Use of humanitarian

1844


HUMANITARIAN Defined for Kids

1

humanitarian

play
noun hu·man·i·tar·i·an \hyü-ˌma-nə-ˈter-ē-ən, yü-\

Definition of humanitarian for Students

  1. :  a person who works to improve the lives and living conditions of other people




2

humanitarian

play
adjective hu·man·i·tar·i·an

Definition of humanitarian for Students

  1. :  relating to or characteristic of people who work to improve the lives and living conditions of other people <humanitarian efforts>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up humanitarian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1926873504

Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?

tetchy superficial gregarious flashy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ