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noun (1)

cours·​er ˈkȯr-sər How to pronounce courser (audio)
: a swift or spirited horse : charger


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noun (2)

: a dog for coursing
: one that courses : huntsman
: any of various Old World birds (subfamily Cursoriinae of the family Glareolidae) noted for their speed in running

Examples of courser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The star then followed up that post with another carousel showing more snaps of their trip — and of courser more bikini photos. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2023 India is the only country with more than one bird on the list, with the Himalayan quail, last sighted in 1877, and the Jerdon's courser, which was witnessed much more recently in 2009. Jeevan Ravindran, CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 One side has a courser grit compound, and the other has a fine, finishing compound. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 15 Mar. 2021 This West African sighthound makes a fiercely protective companion and guardian, and an extremely intelligent lure courser. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 Oct. 2012

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English corsour, corser, borrowed from Anglo-French curser, courcer, from cours, curs "run, race, course entry 1" (continental Old French, "rapid pace") + -er -er entry 2

Noun (2)

course entry 2 + -er entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of courser was in the 14th century

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“Courser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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: a swift or spirited horse

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