ar·​cher ˈär-chər How to pronounce archer (audio)
: a person who uses a bow and arrow
capitalized : sagittarius

Examples of archer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dressing up in a mint green costume with wavy blonde tendrils, her look was a little more Daenerys Targaryen than elven archer Legolas. Brittany Vincent,, 28 July 2023 The look was popular among ancient Greek women, who were copying depictions of the styles worn by their goddesses: Artemis, the archer, wore her bun tight and at the nape; Aphrodite tied hers off at the crown. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 5 Dec. 2023 Sara Scalia is an archer from 3-point range, averaging a 44.6% mark from beyond the arc. Chloe Peterson, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2024 The property is fit for an archer, with prime bow hunting opportunities. Melissa Manno, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2023 When the pulpit is removed, Bush sings the bridge with a visceral intensity, ending the song by grabbing a bow and arrow and placing herself in an archer stance. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2023 On November 22 the sun will move into Sagittarius, the adventurous and freedom-filled sign of the archer, and stay there until December 21, aka the winter solstice. Elizabeth Gulino,, 22 Nov. 2023 The storage device is connected to the telescope’s onboard computer via Ethernet to continuously transfer the data, and it is attached to the telescope with mechanical pincers used by professional archers and chosen because of their ability to withstand high tension. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Nov. 2023 No story of a heroic local archer; no part of the mountain shaped like a bow. Jessica Francis Kane, Harper's Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of archer was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Archer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ar·​cher ˈär-chər How to pronounce archer (audio)
: a person who shoots with a bow and arrow

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ar·​cher ˈär-chər How to pronounce Archer (audio)
William 1856–1924 Scottish critic and dramatist
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