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 This Cadillac logo was derived from the coat of arms of a French explorer of the same name who founded the city of Detroit. Leshon Lee For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Other missions on the list include a Venus explorer, a probe to fly through the atmosphere of Saturn and an orbiter around Saturn's moon Titan. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 That night, while Odesans gathered in cafés along the shore of the Black Sea, Mauser and another catacomb explorer, named Boris, led me beneath the streets of the city. Will Hunt, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2022 Albéric Bichot went back home completely traumatized from the experience while one of his friends, Nicolas Vanier, stayed and Nicolas would become a famous French explorer, writer and film director. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 And the name Machu Picchu didn't even become associated with the archaeological ruins until 1911 when archaeologist and explorer Hiram Bingham first visited. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2022 The Netflix film tells the true story of an early 20th-century explorer and his engineer fighting to survive in the Arctic. Daniella Byck, Outside Online, 15 Mar. 2022 The mission was headed by Victor Vescovo, an explorer and retired naval officer who has navigated the deepest trenches, discovering several new species along the way. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2022 The explorer and navigator Captain James Cook (1728-1779). CBS News, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of explorer

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Explorer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explorer. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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