ad·​ven·​tur·​er | \əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rər \

Definition of adventurer 

1 : someone who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences : a person who looks for adventures: such as

a : soldier of fortune

b : one who engages in risky commercial enterprises for profit

2 somewhat old-fashioned : one who seeks unmerited wealth or position especially by playing on the credulity or prejudice of others

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Fall is the one of the best times of the year to get out in nature, and Amazon's camping sale is fortunately timed for adventurers who need to gear up for the outdoor activities ahead. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get Ready for Fall Camping With This Amazon Gear Sale," 28 Sep. 2018 There's more than enough here for adventurers, as well, like kayaking, rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, and hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018 In 2012, Worsley and a military colleague competed against two other adventurers to mark the centenary of the 900-mile race between the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and the Englishman Robert Scott to be first at the South Pole. Sara Wheeler, WSJ, "‘The White Darkness’ Review: Coming in From the Cold," 25 Oct. 2018 The private sector can afford to take more risks than NASA, and many adventurers are happy to live with the risks of space travel. Sean Illing, Vox, "Cosmologist Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century," 18 Oct. 2018 The game featured a unique setup where human adventurers were paired with sentient, humanoid weapons known as blades, resulting in a combat system that required juggling lots of different characters and variables. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Nintendo’s new Xenoblade expansion eases players into the daunting world of RPGs," 21 Sep. 2018 But one trusted name in the camper van business has been around since 2002, providing adventurers with both fully built out vans and the parts to do it themselves. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van sleeps four and hides a clever bathroom," 21 Sep. 2018 Yeti markets them as the ideal companions for campers and other outdoor adventurers trudging through the wilderness on trips that require storing food and drinks. The Washington Post,, "NRA supporters are blowing up Yeti coolers. Yeti says it's all a big mistake.," 24 Apr. 2018 Check them all out for stories about exceptional adventurers and their journeys to redefine freedom. Andrew Tilin, Outside Online, "Building a Legacy," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of adventurer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for adventurer

adventure entry 1 or adventure entry 2 + -er entry 2, probably after Middle French aventurier, adventurier

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: a person who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences

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