cam·​el·​eer ˌka-mə-ˈlir How to pronounce cameleer (audio)
: a camel driver

Examples of cameleer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cameleers are still here, but the desperation has gone. Anthony Sattin, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Dec. 2019 The most charismatic of the cameleers is known to the Army officers (and to American history) as Hi Jolly, an Anglicized pronunciation of his Arabic name, Hadji Ali. Francisco Cantú, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2019 Lurie takes a shine to the animal and turns cameleer, continuing his flight on the most conspicuous beast in the Southwest. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2019 Once Lurie joins the cameleers, his story departs from its seemingly prefigured trajectory. Francisco Cantú, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2019 As a cameleer, Lurie rides with the Camel Corps across some of the country’s driest and most treacherous land. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2019 Since late 2015, ithas attracted more than 500 hikers and provided jobs for more than 40 Bedouins, including as guides, cameleers and cooks — a figure expected to increase as the longer trail comes into operation. Salma Islam,, 21 June 2018 The animals and their handlers, known as Afghan cameleers, helped develop vital transport links, one of which is memorialized as the Ghan train link between Darwin in the north and Adelaide, 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) to the south. Rebecca Keenan,, 23 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cameleer was circa 1785

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“Cameleer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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