adventurer

noun
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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With a mountain peak in the Arctic and an asteroid zooming through space bearing her name, Marvin leaves a legacy as a geologist of the boundless and as a ceaseless adventurer. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Rockstar Geologist Who Mapped the Minerals of the Cosmos," 30 Mar. 2018 But there’s another sector of the camper world that’s also captivating adventurers: overlanding. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Burly truck camper is expedition ready," 6 Aug. 2018 Normally $900, true adventurers can pay just $700 in the PopMech Shop, leaving you with zero excuses to not hit the road. Popular Mechanics, "Get Ready to Ride This Spring with These Affordable Bikes," 23 Jan. 2019 Urban adventurers will enjoy exploring Brisbane’s burgeoning cultural scene; in recent years the coastal capital has become a hotbed for contemporary arts, architecture, indie music, and fashion. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 The resort has grabbed 400 acres of new skiable terrain, which adventurers can explore with a guide starting in February. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 This is a completely different adventure (and adventurer) than the previous two games. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The 13 best games for your new PC," 26 Dec. 2018 Makes a great gift for a groomsman, photographer, adventurer or whiskey aficionado. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Say cheese! Er, cheers! with local camera flask," 13 Aug. 2018 Here’s how Capy describes it: Test your adventurer mettle against The Isle’s procedural subterranean labyrinths. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Long-awaited survival game Below is out next week," 6 Dec. 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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adventurer

noun
ad·​ven·​tur·​er | \ əd-ˈven-chər-ər How to pronounce adventurer (audio) \

Kids Definition of adventurer

: a person who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences

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