ar·​chery | \ˈär-chə-rē \

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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The monthly Archery 101 class at Usery Mountain Regional Park offers instruction on basic techniques and hands-on opportunities to try archery. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Experience fishing, archery, mountain biking or scorpion hunting at Arizona parks," 25 May 2018 Or practicing archery, making pottery, playing disc golf, and navigating a ropes course. Brian Macquarrie,, "At Maine retreat, disabled veterans find sense of belonging," 6 July 2018 The archery outlet has hosted the women's event for the last three years, to introduce women to the sport and create an opportunity for women to have fun and bond over shooting carp, which Vincent said can be addicting. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bowfishing might be a male-dominate sport, but Dousman's Whale Tales Archery is trying to change that," 18 June 2018 Aside from playing ultimate competitively, the team schedules fun retreats, most recently playing archery tag together. Madeline Mitchell,, "World Ultimate Club Championships: Watch like an expert," 12 July 2018 The Oregon Hunters Organization and local archery shops pledged a total of $2,600 to catch whoever did it. Christopher Brito, CBS News, ""Disturbing" photos show deer walking with arrows in their bodies in Oregon," 1 May 2018 Burkett has competed across the U.S. at the Warrior Games and at the Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry of Great Britain, and has won numerous Gold Medals for archery. Jennifer Griffin, Fox News, "Marine vet gets smart home (and independence) from Gary Sinise Foundation," 4 July 2018 There are always extended bouts of glamorous preening: The dance luminary, body arched like a bullfighter or a bow stretched for archery, keeps one or both arms raised to show his or her thorax to best advantage. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "At Flamenco Festival, Finding the Force Beneath the Glitz," 12 Mar. 2018 There's lots of archery and getting really, really high. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This 27-Year-Old Left a Great Job in NYC to Live in a Treehouse," 8 June 2015

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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, ˈärch-rē\

Kids Definition of archery

: the sport or practice of shooting with bow and arrows

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