but·​ter·​fli·​er | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌflīr How to pronounce butterflier (audio) , -ˌflī-ər \
plural butterfliers

Definition of butterflier

1 : a person who observes and identifies butterflies in their natural environment Already, like birders, butterfliers are trekking the world in search of ever more exotic species.— Margo Harakas, Houston Chronicle, 24 Apr. 1994
2 : a swimmer who specializes in the butterfly : butterflyer

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of butterflier

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about butterflier

Time Traveler for butterflier

Time Traveler

The first known use of butterflier was in 1881

See more words from the same year

Statistics for butterflier

Cite this Entry

“Butterflier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterflier. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

Comments on butterflier

What made you want to look up butterflier? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!