ar·​chery | \ ˈär-chə-rē How to pronounce archery (audio) \

Definition of archery

1 : the art, practice, or skill of shooting with bow and arrow
2 : an archer's weapons
3 : a body of archers

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Hone your adventure skills through cost-free clinics in archery, fly-fishing, hunting, bike maintenance, camp cooking, snowshoeing and more at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and REI. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "A guide to products and services you didn’t know you could get free," 10 July 2019 The festival also features a photo competition, elephant rides, a petting zoo, archery, chess, a dart toss, a climbing wall, a dungeon museum and more. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to the Colorado Renaissance Festival," 18 June 2019 Physical activity in the great outdoors was a major theme of the day, as the pair also participated in archery and took part in an assault course. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Reveals Her Nickname for Princess Charlotte While Visiting Northern Ireland," 1 Mar. 2019 Kate was spotted trying her hand at archery, while William lead a team in a canoe race. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Steps Out in a Bespoke Jenny Packham Dress and Princess Diana's Earrings," 28 Feb. 2019 Other activities are similarly old-world—archery, fly fishing, horseback riding, golf. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Table tennis, archery and shooting all offer direct qualification from the European Games for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, while five other sports offer rewards like ranking points which help qualification. Washington Post, "European Games struggle for attention as Belarus hosts," 21 June 2019 The Great Lakes Games, held June 14-16 at Niles West and Lake Forest high schools, included track and field, swimming, archery and power lifting events, among other activities., "Great Lakes Games showcase adaptive sports athletes," 18 June 2019 Try your hand at traditional Bhutanese archery, then hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Temple for a bird’s eye view of the river valley below before camping on the riverside. National Geographic, "Bhutan High School Expedition," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of archery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of archery was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of archery

: the sport or skill of shooting with a bow and arrow


ar·​chery | \ ˈär-chə-rē How to pronounce archery (audio) , ˈärch-rē\

Kids Definition of archery

: the sport or practice of shooting with bow and arrows

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