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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Will Quate, a farm boy from Outen Green (a fictional Cotswold village), joins up with a group of archers heading to fight in the Hundred Years War. The Economist, "Love in the time of the Black Death," 29 Aug. 2019 There were White Walkers, direwolves, a virtuosic girl archer. Judy Berman, Time, "Carnival Row and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vie to Be the Next Game of Thrones—But Neither One Comes Close," 26 Aug. 2019 Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland starred in other swashbucklers, but the glorious color and perfect casting (Rathbone never won a sword fight, but looked great losing) hit the bull's-eye just like its archer hero. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the 1930s and '40s, from 'King Kong' to 'The Heiress'," 15 Aug. 2019 Founded in 2010 by a group of local archers passionate about four-season shooting in an urban environment, the range is all about creating community and having fun. Darcel Rockett,, "8 Chicago-area classes for adults to take when the kids go back to school, from cooking to filmmaking," 21 Aug. 2019 The empire specializes in magic, the kingdom focuses on lancers, while the alliance touts the best archers. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ has foundation built on characters," 26 July 2019 An archer is a person who shoots with a bow and arrow. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Best Theories About Taylor Swift's New Song, "The Archer," From Jake Gyllenhaal To Swift Herself," 24 July 2019 The imagery of the archer is most likely taken from Taylor's zodiac sign. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Lyrics to Taylor Swift's Emotional New Song "The Archer" are Riddled With Easter Eggs," 24 July 2019 The 30-year-old, a three-time Olympian, won the World Archery Championships recurve gold medal on June 16, the first American to do so since former Arizona State archer Rick McKinney in 1985. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Archer Brady Ellison of Globe is USOC Athlete of Month for World Championships win," 14 July 2019

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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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