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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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 But being an adventurer isn’t an easy way to pay the bills. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Burned Out at Work? Here’s How to Find Your Passion—Or Get It Back," 13 Apr. 2019 Long cut off from the world, Atins tends to attract off the grid adventurers. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 There’s agreement that the avid adventurers generally are well mannered, while partiers and some weekend arrivals are the opposite with trash, nasty bonfires and waste. Kevin Spear,, "Florida nature spoiled by 'Charmin lilies' — used toilet paper," 22 June 2018 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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