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 The renowned adventurer and filmmaker has spent the past 20 years traveling the world, pushing himself to conquer one historic challenge after another, and engaging in the sort of daring activities that would be beyond many people's imaginations. Celine Ramseyer, CNN, "Oscar-winning director Jimmy Chin on fear, risk and finding the edge," 14 May 2020 Deep within the San Juan Mountains of Colorado lies the small ski town of Telluride, a mountain oasis for adventurers and tourists alike all year long. Dallas News, "Club Red Telluride: The Most Iconic Acts of The Past And What to See This Year," 14 Jan. 2020 But this weekend’s deals are perfect for adventurers and avoiders alike. Wired, "13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More," 2 Nov. 2019 This epochal persona was more adventurer and scientist than the rather unidimensional figure who beams down from the wall of every government office in India. Rajni Bakshi, Quartz India, "If we are naturally violent, why do armies spend so much on training to kill?," 1 Oct. 2019 Our two countries were born out of a vast wilderness, settled by the adventurers and pioneers whose fierce self-reliance shaped our destiny. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "Full transcript: The toasts of President Trump and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the state dinner for Australia," 21 Sep. 2019 An adventurer and a brilliant archaeologist use a map to search for the fabled mines of King Solomon. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 The Uncharted video game series centers on adventurer and treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tom Holland's 'Uncharted' Movie Loses Director," 22 Aug. 2019 My great-aunt Ruth did not look the part of an adventurer. Sue Wunder, The Christian Science Monitor, "Aunt Ruth’s photo philosophy," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Adventurer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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: a person who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences

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