ex·plor·er | \ ik-ˈsplȯr-ər \

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 collection of handmade pieces, all designed to be portable, was inspired by Victorian-era British explorers. Candice Baker Yacono, latimes.com, "Louis Vuitton South Coast Plaza reopens with store-exclusive merchandise," 12 July 2018 They were introduced by European explorers on their arrival to the islands, sometime in the late 18th or early 19th centuries. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Barely two generations after Columbus’ more famous voyage, European explorers faced an ocean that was roughly twice as large as the Atlantic and extremely difficult to navigate. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Built by French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the ship was the first European vessel ever to sail on the upper Great Lakes. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "8 undiscovered shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," 22 June 2018 The Rail Park repurposes a stretch of land in the Spring Arts District that was once only frequented by urban explorers. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "Philly's much anticipated outdoor spaces are here, Amazon will not pay construction tax if it picks Philadelphia | Morning Newsletter," 15 June 2018 The disappearing Arctic ice pack was once a frozen highway used by early-20th-century explorers searching for the elusive North Pole. Ashley Shelby, New York Times, "To the Poles — Before They Started Melting," 15 June 2018 In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 20 May 2018 The museum also provides visitors and explorers the opportunity to benefit from the creative, cultural and educational aspects that the art brings to the deep sea, the release said. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Take a deep dive into this Underwater Art Museum that opened this summer," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of explorer

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ex·plor·er | \ ik-ˈsplōr-ər, -ˈsplȯr- \

Medical Definition of explorer 

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

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