explorer

noun
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

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The mystery of this peculiar place has enticed explorers for decades. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is the Great Blue Hole?," 19 Feb. 2019 In their search for enticing new delicacies, culinary explorers are now traveling the world. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "This Scarlet Prawn Is the Best Seafood You Can Eat," 30 Jan. 2019 Shackleton, the prolific explorer who led three expeditions to Antarctica and cemented a legendary place in the history of adventure and geography, narrowly escaped the research vessel along with his crew when it was crushed by sea ice. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Antarctic Expedition Hopeful of Finding Ernest Shackleton's Long-Lost Research Vessel," 4 Feb. 2019 And Bartolome de las Casas, the most outspoken defender of the Native Americans in the colonial period, also supported the explorer’s intentions and motivations. Alejandro Bermudez, WSJ, "Catholics Against Columbus," 24 Jan. 2019 Next came the European explorers (the Dutchman Abel Tasman in 1646, the Englishman James Cook in 1769, and the Frenchman Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne in 1772), followed by missionaries, whalers, sealers, loggers, gold prospectors. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Later that year, the explorers - Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville, also discovered a rare 19th-century schooner sitting upright 500 feet under the waves of Lake Ontario. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 Almost a generation before Julia Child, my great-grandmother was not merely a terrific cook, but also a dogged food reporter, an intrepid food explorer, and a curious food historian. Elizabeth Gilbert, Good Housekeeping, "Cook's Heaven," 6 Mar. 2012 Famed British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes served as the narrator for the event, which included projections across the Fortezza Vecchia's historic tower, smoke effects and lighting shooting into the sky. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Astronaut christens new Viking Cruises ship, Viking Orion, in elaborate ceremony," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of explorer

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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explorer

noun
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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