de·​tec·​tor·​ist di-ˈtek-t(ə-)rist How to pronounce detectorist (audio)
plural detectorists
chiefly British
: one who uses a portable metal detector as a hobby
The trove was discovered in October near Watlington, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of London, by 60-year-old James Mather, an amateur treasure-seeker who called the find "every detectorist's dream."Alastair Grant
The third, known as the Crosby Garrett Helmet, was found in a field in 2010 by a metal detectorist who wants to remain anonymous. It was sold at auction for $3.6 million.Brad Smithfield

Examples of detectorist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Świętokrzyskie Exploration Group, a team of detectorists and history buffs who have been exploring the mountains since 2015, discovered some coins during a trek in the mountains in June 2022, group president Sebastian Grabowiec told Zwiadowca Historii. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 See them → Metal detectorists find ancient portrait in Danish field. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 30 Apr. 2024 Two metal detectorists, Finn Ibsen and Lars Danielsen, were searching a field outside of Ringsted, a city on the island of Zealand, when Ibsen came across the unusual object. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2024 Read Next Metal detectorist stumbles on worn tool — and finds 5,000-year-old artifact. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Richard Brock was an hour late to a meetup of amateur metal detectorists. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2024 While searching a Polish forest in November, a metal detectorist made a rare discovery: a 4,000-year-old copper dagger that may have belonged to an elite warrior. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 See what was found inside The metal detectorists discovered four brooches, some buckles, a tubular pendant, a bronze bead, a ring and fragments of more broaches, the association said. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 See it → Metal detectorist unearths 'one-of-a-kind' gold treasure from 1,400 years ago. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of detectorist was in 1984

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“Detectorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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