ar·​chiv·​er | \ ˈär-ˌkī-vər How to pronounce archiver (audio) \
plural archivers

Definition of archiver

1 : a person who creates or maintains an archive : archivist Few architects’ names resonate across the centuries with the force of the 16th-century Italian Andrea Palladio, the great Renaissance archiver of the classical orders and the inventor of the modern villa.— Andrew Ferren, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2009
2 : something (such as a computer program) that is used to create archives An archiver that doesn’t support searching—on the bodies of messages, as well as on authors and subjects—is close to useless.— Karl Fogel, Producing Open Source Software, 2006

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First Known Use of archiver

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archiver

archive entry 2 + -er entry 2

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“Archiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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