ad·ven·tur·er | \əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rər \

Definition of adventurer 

1 : someone who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences : a person who looks for adventures: such as

a : soldier of fortune

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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Six years later, one of the world’s best artist-adventurers comes clean about the panic attacks, PTSD, and alcohol abuse that nearly killed him. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Moments That Changed Us," 11 July 2018 But every adventurer hauling a few days of supplies down a trail can benefit from the technology that makes the Prophet not just supremely capable, but one of the most comfortable packs available. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: The Backpack Built to Carry the Kitchen Sink," 29 June 2018 On Thursday, the community hosted a celebration potluck to thank the adventurers, complete with a cake with little ambulances on it, shown en route from the Midwest to the north. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "McCarthy’s only ambulance was vandalized. So a Wisconsin tourist bought the town a new one.," 26 May 2018 Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, Fairbanks, AK Alaska has long drawn adventurers and naturalists seeking to capture its wild beauty on canvas. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "12 Incredible Hotels for Art Lovers," 22 Jan. 2018 The film promises to bring back Ford as the iconic adventurer, along with director Steven Spielberg, for the fifth and final time. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Indiana Jones 5' with Harrison Ford will be delayed a year until 2021," 10 July 2018 Hundreds of volunteers and military clogged the mountain roads to the cave, an ad-hoc battalion of experts and adventurers from around the world. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Photography by Reuben Wurtz With summer in full swing, adventurers are out in force enjoying everything from national parks to off-the-grid camping in remote destinations. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Colorful camper van is the ultimate adventure vehicle," 5 July 2018 Discriminating adventurers got their first look at the newest — and arguably most luxurious — SUV recently at the unveiling of the new all-terrain Rolls-Royce SUV, courtesy of Miami's Braman Rolls-Royce. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "The ultimate SUV? For $350,000 and up, it should be.," 29 June 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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ad·ven·tur·er | \əd-ˈven-chər-ər \

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: a person who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences

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