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 Tracy Brill described her brother as intelligent and an adventurer. Michael Williams,, "Inmate at Seminole County jail dead in apparent suicide, authorities say," 3 June 2019 Andrews was famous in his day as an outsized adventurer and the director of the Museum of Natural History. Jason Harper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Hunt for Dinosaur Bones in the Gobi Desert," 20 July 2018 Now, fans can own some of what the adventurer had in his -- more than 200 of Bourdain's personal belongings are going up for auction next month. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Anthony Bourdain's possessions will be auctioned off to raise money for his family," 16 Sep. 2019 Just take a look: Travel Like an Explorer There’s a certain spirit that has driven National Geographic adventurers to all corners of the Earth. National Geographic, "About Us," 10 Sep. 2019 This would allow polar adventurers Borge Ousland and Mike Horn, who were in Nome recently aboard the sailboat Pangaea, to travel farther into the Arctic Ocean before hitting ice. Author: Davis Hovey, Anchorage Daily News, "With sea ice still melting, vessels doing Arctic transits stop at Nome late in season," 10 Sep. 2019 Thankfully, the recently deceased adventurer is allowed to pass on the upgrades to this new character and that move lets the following peasants go deeper in the mines and take on bigger bosses. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Fandom gets into publishing with a roguelike called ‘UnderMine’," 20 Aug. 2019 Mount Everest traffic jam Circumstances seemingly conspired against the local adventurer. Sheila Vilvens,, "Mount Everest summit was within sight. Why did University of Cincinnati grad stop?," 16 June 2019 In May 2003, experienced adventurer Aron Lee Ralston was exploring canyons in the Moab, Utah, desert, when an 800-pound boulder became dislodged and trapped his right arm. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Miraculous Rescues," 4 Nov. 2010

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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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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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