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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Sagittarians are cosmic archers: Bodacious, free-spirited, and perpetually curious. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 WALTHAM Release your inner archer with archery lessons at Gore Place., "Outdoor sculpture, concerts, and pirates," 13 July 2018 Her chief friends are the teleporting princess Glimmer (Karen Fukuhara) and Bow (Marcus Scribner), an archer with no magical powers who has the same existential crisis about his role in a party of magic users Sokka did in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Netflix’s She-Ra reboot follows closely in Steven Universe’s footsteps," 8 Nov. 2018 The majority of fans appear to believe Katherine could be stepping into the shoes of Kate Bishop, a gifted archer in the comics. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "People Think Katherine Langford Will Play Hawkeye in "Avengers 4"," 29 Oct. 2018 This fire sign lives to tell tales, so at the end of the day, archers cultivate community through spirited narration. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 Besides snow cones, carnival games and fireworks, an archer will shoot a flaming arrow onto a small boat carrying Garrett's ashes in a neighbor's pond. Fox News, "Obit, memorial service of 5-year-old Iowa boy gets attention," 13 July 2018 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

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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


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: a person who shoots with a bow and arrow

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