ar·​cher | \ ˈär-chər How to pronounce archer (audio) \

Definition of archer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who uses a bow and arrow
2 capitalized : sagittarius


biographical name
Ar·​cher | \ ˈär-chər How to pronounce Archer (audio) \

Definition of Archer (Entry 2 of 2)

William 1856–1924 Scottish critic and dramatist

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The archer keeps a canonical story-style log of our campaign, which at this point is hundreds of pages long. L.j. Kilgore, Ars Technica, "How to move your role-playing game nights online," 28 June 2020 Sagittarius is recognizable more as a coffeepot-shape than an archer. Dean Regas,, "Things to look for in the night sky this summer 🌌," 10 June 2020 Trying to choose the food plot seed that’s best for the archer in Alabama, the late-season muzzleloader hunter in Michigan, and the rifle hunter in Pennsylvania is a stretch. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "What’s the Best Food Plot Forage for Each Region?," 28 May 2020 Among the things that the Greeks most feared were the Persian archers, famous for their skill and accuracy. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 Gallop was a keen archer until his ninetieth birthday. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "My Mother Is Under Quarantine, but We’re Still Staying Close," 22 Mar. 2020 Behind them were rows of archers who could shoot volleys of arrows so fast that the second was whistling through the air before the first had landed. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 Amisha is also the first Boone County archer in school history to score 280 or above. Melanie Laughman,, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati winter high school athletes of the week, March 6," 6 Mar. 2020 One of Pearce’s dreams is to compete in the Olympic, and said that archers said would petition the International Olympic Committee to allow the use of modern compound bows. Tom Stienstra,, "NorCal woman wins world archery title, helps kids," 16 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of archer


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for archer


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin arcarius, alteration of arcuarius, from arcuarius of a bow, from Latin arcus bow — more at arrow

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“Archer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of archer

: a person who shoots with a bow and arrow


ar·​cher | \ ˈär-chər How to pronounce archer (audio) \

Kids Definition of archer

: a person who shoots with a bow and arrow

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