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 In this whimsical musical, a single mom and composer becomes involved in a time-bending romance with the great Antarctic explorer. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 The Western world’s largest oil explorer has so far avoided the sort of payout cuts adopted by rivals Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2021 That’s a quote from the great Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, who learned that, sometimes, the mere act of pressing on goes a long way when facing challenges. Gareth Henderson, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Dec. 2020 Thule’s enigmatic and complicated history begins in the fourth century BCE, when the ancient Greek explorer Pytheas left the port city of Massalia—now Marseille, France—in search of new trading opportunities in the Far North. F. Salazar, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2020 Behind every savvy explorer is a dashing travel bag — wanderlust-y tourists would not be able to gallivant around the world without the help of some trustworthy luggage. Alexandra Polk, refinery29.com, 10 May 2021 Trayvion revealed himself to be a cuddler, always wanting to be held, and Damion was a quiet, crawling explorer. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, 1 May 2021 The wreck was originally discovered in 2019 by the late Paul Allen’s R/V Petrel under the leadership of ocean wreck explorer Robert Kraft. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2021 Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, is chair of mining and agriculture company Hancock Prospecting Group, which was founded by her father, iron-ore explorer Lang Hancock (d. 1992). Deniz Çam, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Explorer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explorer. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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