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

Examples of adventurer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kahn’s book reproduces Williams’ unpublished artworks and offers a vivid portrayal of an adventurer, defying her era’s expectations., 8 Sep. 2021 To enjoy the South Pacific beyond the overwater bungalow, peruse our French Polynesia adventurer’s guide. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Dec. 2021 Easy to get to, Belize, which operates in the Central Time Zone, is an adventurer’s paradise. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 24 Dec. 2021 What happens when an impressionable young Prince George meets great British adventurer Bear Grylls? Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2021 An adventurer needs maximum convenience with minimum impact from a single bag that can handle airports, mountains, boats and beyond. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Kurt, an athletic multisport adventurer, has more lives than a cat with a genie lamp. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2021 Billionaire entrepreneur and adventurer Jared Isaacman paid for the flight as part of a project to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. William Harwood, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2021 An urban adventurer who roams everywhere from Central Park to areas closer to home, the 29-year-old makes short, exuberant videos about edible finds in the woods. New York Times, 30 July 2021

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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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20 Jan 2022

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“Adventurer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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: a person who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences


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