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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Photojournalist, filmmaker, and adventurer Ulla Lohmann has sailed around the world, explored volcanoes in some of the most remote places on the planet, and traversed the African continent using only biodiesel. National Geographic, "New Zealand High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Young adventurers will love the Armoury Hall, with 1,300 pieces of battle memorabilia including muskets, axes and preserved swords from the Battle of Culloden. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 Everest’s unique magnetism may defeat efforts to encourage adventurers to try other, safer quests. Michael Kodas, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mount Everest is packed. Whose fault is that?," 7 June 2019 Within the next few years, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a number of other lesser-known adventurers are hoping to start sending tourists into space. Robert Wall, WSJ, "For $50 Million, Book Your Vacation in Space," 11 Apr. 2019 The homes — steps away from the LINK light rail, the Seattle Streetcar and the historic Union Station — also boast proximity to Seattle’s multiple modes of mass transit for commuters and urban adventurers. Koda, The Seattle Times, "Opening of sales gallery, public sales debut set for March 30," 29 Mar. 2019 Turns out spiders tend to be more homebodies than adventurers. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Do You Actually Swallow a Bunch of Spiders When You Sleep?," 8 Feb. 2019 The outfitters in town—even Patagonia has a sizable retail shop—immediately paint the picture of a location popular with adventurers. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 Total Expert Score: 94/100 | Consumer Score: 100% give it 4 stars or higher The lightest rooftop tent that even solo adventurers can install and set up. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Rooftop Tents for Far-Out (and Closer-to-Home) Adventures," 26 Apr. 2019

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

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: a person who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences

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