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 As could be expected given the carnage in travel markets, cruise operators, airlines and cinema chains are all considering their financing options, and bankruptcy filings are emerging from oil explorers and bakeries. Sam Unsted, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 8 May 2020 Triton left her home port in New London, Connecticut, on February 16, 1960 and proceeded on a path largely inspired by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "60 Years Ago, a Submerged Submarine Circled the Globe for the First Time," 25 Apr. 2020 The pass, named for U.S. Navy explorer William Howard (who traversed it during an expedition on April 21, 1886), is more than 100 miles from the closest villages today, Ambler and Kobuk, both to the south. Anchorage Daily News, "Archaeological sites show how people lived in a part of the Brooks Range known for extreme weather," 11 Apr. 2020 The ship In its previous lives, Aqua Blu was a British naval explorer named the HMS Beagle, and then the private yacht of an Italian family, named M/Y Titan. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Yacht Lets Divers Explore Raja Ampat in Style," 27 Mar. 2020 Redecorate your home with Mars explorer posters or these futuristic space tourism posters. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Got kids at home needing something to do? NASA's got some ideas," 27 Mar. 2020 For much of their history, biscuits were basically the fuel that propelled soldiers, explorers and people of little means. Washington Post, "The 10 best breads in the world," 19 Mar. 2020 The photography contest was judged by Nick Oza, staff photographer at the Arizona Republic; Maddie Meyer, staff photographer for Getty Images in Boston, and Sebastián Hidalgo, freelance photo journalist and National Geographic society explorer. Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, "Free Press photographers honored in state contest," 27 Feb. 2020 It was captured on February 14, 1990, by Voyager 1, a robotic explorer built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Power of the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Three Decades Later," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

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“Explorer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explorer. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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Medical Definition of explorer

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

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