explorer

noun

ex·​plor·​er ik-ˈsplȯr-ər How to pronounce explorer (audio)
1
: one that explores
especially : a person who travels in search of geographical or scientific information
2
capitalized : a member of a coed scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America for young people ages 14 to 20 focusing on career awareness

Examples of explorer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The word pineapple comes from European explorers who thought the fruit combined the look of a pinecone with flesh similar to an apple. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 In 1829, a group of explorers led by Spanish merchant Antonio Armijo moved west toward Alta California through the arid Mojave Desert—the ancestral lands of the Southern Paiute people. Chris Carra, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 The First Nations is a term used to identify Indigenous peoples in Canada who are descendants of its original inhabitants and lived there for thousands of years, before the arrival of European explorers. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 It’s based on the true story of a solo Kentucky cave explorer who became fatally trapped underground in 1925. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 The orbiter’s last mission, however, is not to touch the stars, but to inspire the next generation of space explorers, serving as the pièce de résistance of the still-under-construction Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 The explorer executed a precise landing on January 19, making Japan only the fifth country to put a spacecraft safely on the lunar surface — but faced a critical issue almost immediately. Hanako Montgomery, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Chilean lithium company and Australia’s richest person have struck a deal to buy explorer valued at roughly 1.70 billion Australian dollars (US$1.14 billion). Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2023 Meanwhile, over 300 citizen explorers have died on the slopes of Everest alone, and on average, some 60 people in the U.S. die each year while skiing, snowboarding or skydiving. Rick N. Tumlinson, Scientific American, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of explorer was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Explorer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explorer. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

explorer

noun
ex·​plor·​er ik-ˈsplōr-ər How to pronounce explorer (audio)
-ˈsplȯr-
1
: one that explores
a vehicle called the lunar explorer
especially : a person who travels in search of new geographical or scientific information
2
capitalized : a member of the scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America for young people 14 to 20 years old

Medical Definition

explorer

noun
ex·​plor·​er ik-ˈsplōr-ər, -ˈsplȯr- How to pronounce explorer (audio)
: an instrument for exploring cavities especially in teeth : probe sense 1
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