brows·​er | \ ˈbrau̇-zər How to pronounce browser (audio) \

Definition of browser

1 : one that browses
2 : a computer program used for accessing sites or information on a network (such as the World Wide Web)

Examples of browser in a Sentence

There were a few browsers in the bookstore.
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First Known Use of browser

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of browser was in 1675

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20 Jan 2020

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“Browser.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of browser

: a person who looks at the things being sold in a store to see if there is something worth buying : a person who browses
: a computer program that is used to find and look at information on the Internet


brows·​er | \ ˈbrau̇-zər How to pronounce browser (audio) \

Kids Definition of browser

1 : a person or animal that browses
2 : a computer program providing access to sites on the World Wide Web

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