de·​tec·​tor·​ist | \ di-ˈtek-t(ə-)rist How to pronounce detectorist (audio) \
plural detectorists

Definition of detectorist

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

First Known Use of detectorist

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Detectorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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