ad·​ven·​tur·​er əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rər How to pronounce adventurer (audio)
: someone who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences : a person who looks for adventures: such as
: one who engages in risky commercial enterprises for profit
somewhat old-fashioned : one who seeks unmerited wealth or position especially by playing on the credulity or prejudice of others

Examples of adventurer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ride the waves For the past 10 or more years, the town of Salida has attracted adventurers with its Scout Wave river surfing at Salida Park. Mindy Sink, The Denver Post, 24 May 2024 Following two nights in Buenos Aires, adventurers depart Ushuaia, Argentina, in search of rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses in the Falkland Islands, and fur seals and king penguins in South Georgia. Kerry Spencer, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Dec. 2023 Now, some surfers and other Baja California adventurers are second-guessing what the future might hold for such trips. San Diego Union Tribune, Orange County Register, 14 May 2024 The Himalayas are a draw for adventurers hoping to test their climbing skills and endurance. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for adventurer 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Adventurer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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ad·​ven·​tur·​er əd-ˈvench-(ə-)rər How to pronounce adventurer (audio)
: a person who looks for adventures
: a person who tries to become wealthy or powerful by trickery
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