ex·​plor·​er | \ ik-ˈsplȯr-ər How to pronounce explorer (audio) \

Definition of explorer

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 Still acting as explorer in residence, Earle is also the founder of Mission Blue, an international coalition meant to boost public awareness for marine protection. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Walking untethered along the ocean floor: Indy Prize finalist feels a connection with marine life," 8 May 2020 Epic voyages Although he is often described as an explorer, Zheng He did not set out primarily on voyages of discovery. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 5 May 2020 Learn about strange animals with a zoologist, follow elusive manatees with an underwater photographer and hear stories about the frigid north with an Arctic explorer. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Read-Along With Michelle Obama and Other Livestream Learning Opportunities," 27 Apr. 2020 Built in 1968 as a British naval explorer, Aqua Blu has gotten a full makeover, with 15 spacious suites spread over four decks. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Yacht Lets Divers Explore Raja Ampat in Style," 27 Mar. 2020 These were his glory years as an ethnographic explorer. Adam Kuper, WSJ, "‘The Anthropological Lens’ Review: A Dandy Among the Azande," 20 Mar. 2020 After her own 6-year-old daughter asked for a Barbie, Nadkarni decided to re-fashion the iconic dolls as a scientist-explorer in rubber boots rather than high heels. Time, "New Line of 'Scientist Barbies' Refashions Dolls as Marine Biologists, Astrophysicists and More," 31 Dec. 2019 After her own 6-year-old daughter asked for a Barbie, Nadkarni decided to re-fashion the iconic dolls as a scientist-explorer in rubber boots rather than high heels. Lindsay Whitehurst, USA TODAY, "Barbie dolls refashioned as scientists with help from a forest ecologist," 30 Dec. 2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold PG Dora has spent her entire youth as a jungle explorer. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "‘Downton Abbey’ opens in theaters on Friday," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of explorer

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of explorer was in 1577

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3 Jun 2020

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“Explorer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explorer. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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ex·​plor·​er | \ ik-ˈsplōr-ər, -ˈsplȯr- How to pronounce explorer (audio) \

Medical Definition of explorer

: an instrument for exploring cavities especially in teeth : probe sense 1

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