noun (1)
bowl·​er | \ ˈbō-lər How to pronounce bowler (audio) \

Definition of bowler

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who bowls specifically : the player who delivers the ball to the batsman in cricket


noun (2)
bow·​ler | \ ˈbō-lər How to pronounce bowler (audio) \

Definition of bowler (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of bowler

Noun (1)

circa 1518, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bowler

Noun (2)

Bowler, 19th century family of English hatters

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The first known use of bowler was circa 1518

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“Bowler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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