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

China In the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang Di, China’s first emperor, an army of 8,000 life-sized statues stands guard—generals, soldiers, archers, cavalry, and more. National Geographic, "Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland," 8 Apr. 2019 There were openings in the upper walls, accessible to the men on the ramparts, called embrasures, through which archers could shoot. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 For most ranked courses of the competition, the time limit is a rapid pace of 14 seconds and the horse is carrying the archer at about 14-22 miles per hour. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Ancient martial art combines horseback riding, archery skills," 24 May 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce archer (audio) \

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: a person who shoots with a bow and arrow

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