ar·cher | \ˈär-chər \

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 \

Definition of Archer (Entry 2 of 2)

William 1856–1924 Scottish critic and dramatist

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On the second day of qualification rounds, Acton eighth-grader Kira Buckmelter watched as competing archers battled strong winds and rain, struggling so much that some of them missed the 122-centimeter targets entirely. Nate Weitzer,, "At 13, accomplished Acton archer trains her eye on the next target," 16 Mar. 2018 Danish archer Lars Andersen can speed shoot, run on walls, grab an enemy's arrow mid-air and shoot it back, and even shoot an arrow with his foot. Ramy, Popular Mechanics, "Master Archer Lars Andersen is Back to Defend His Honor," 16 Apr. 2015 The Golden Knights’ playoff pregame shows have been a celebration of Vegas showmanship, and their first Final game started with an extravaganza including archers, a trebuchet, and a spectacular light show. Greg Beacham,, "Vegas Golden Knights take 1-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final," 29 May 2018 Their story will engage, inspire, anger, and move you deeply, fiery archer, because girl burn brighter — and so do Sagittarians., "Find out your pop culture horoscope for March," 6 Mar. 2018 Then an arrow shot by a Southern Alpine archer struck the Iceman from behind, shattering his scapula and severing an artery. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools," 21 June 2018 The Sagittarius is represented by the archer, and with that bow and arrow comes a life-long quest for truth and exploration. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 In it, a nude woman archer, bathed in golden light, lies on a balcony aiming at a tortoise. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Crocker showcases diversity of Eduardo Carrillo's work, from realism to myth and fantasy," 6 July 2018 Best scene This episode was dynamic all the way through, from the clips of Bhutan's rolling mountains to the dramatic, slowed down shots—literally—of archers competing. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Recap: Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Goes to Bhutan," 25 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of archer

: a person who shoots with a bow and arrow


ar·cher | \ˈär-chər \

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: a person who shoots with a bow and arrow

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