ad·​ven·​tur·​er | \ əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rər How to pronounce adventurer (audio) \

Definition of adventurer

1 : someone who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences : a person who looks for adventures: such as
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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Recent Examples on the Web With plenty of time and substantial funds, Zissou played the role of adventurer, building go-carts, kites and gliders., "Earliest photos are full of optimism, with collective action and hard work behind the scenes," 29 Dec. 2020 That's due in part to your guide, legendary adventurer Richard Bangs, whose company, MT Sobek, takes you on helicopters and boat safaris on this nine-day trek into one of the world's most remote biospheres. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Reasons We Can't Wait to Travel in 2021," 17 Nov. 2020 Here the focus is on a single adventurer and the constellation of emotions she and her child experience in the anxious weeks before blastoff. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Proxima’ Review: Laws of Emotion," 5 Nov. 2020 Molly Hunter speaks to Norwegian adventurer Alexander Read and his daughter Mina about the importance of spending time in nature as a way to find happiness even in the harshest winter months. NBC News, "Trump steps up effort to overturn the election as Covid-weary Americans make alternative Thanksgiving plans," 20 Nov. 2020 Jeff Newman, the older and wiser mentor, and Josh Box, the younger, risk-taking adventurer – found a common bond in exploring a maze of tunnels from more than 60 iron ore mines beneath the city. Kelly Kazek |, al, "New book shows what’s left of Alabama’s abandoned mines," 12 Nov. 2020 Mary Callen is a veteran of 162 marathons, a pioneer, the first blind woman to participate in the Fight for Air Climb, an adventurer, a retiree and a widower. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: She's 67 and blind; they're in elementary school. What could they possibly have in common?," 1 Nov. 2020 Musta took the idea to the History, Arts, and Science Action Network (HASAN), a group formed by historian Kelley Fanto Deetz and adventurer/filmmaker Justin Fornal. Washington Post, "A Virginia state senator found headstones on his property. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C.," 26 Oct. 2020 Like fellow adventurer Jimmy Chin, DiGiulian says being outdoors has been akin to meditation for her in what's been a difficult year. Ben Church, CNN, "Trailblazing climber Sasha DiGiulian was told 'little girls don't belong.' She didn't listen.," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of adventurer was in the 15th century

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8 Jan 2021

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“Adventurer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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: a person who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences

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