fal·​con·​er | \ ˈfal-kə-nər How to pronounce falconer (audio) , ˈfȯl- also ˈfȯ-kə- \

Definition of falconer

: a person who breeds, trains, or hunts with hawks

Examples of falconer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When everything was ready the Khan set out with his ten thousand falconers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants to Unleash a Robotic “Golden Horde” on Adversaries," 30 Nov. 2019 Resident falconer Dave Atkinson cares for the birds. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Six Spots Around the World Where You Can Try Your Hand at Falconry," 15 Nov. 2019 Farmers who grow grapes, berries and cherries in the Napa and Sonoma valleys have also used professional falconers to protect their crops. Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times, "Calling in the ‘bird mafia’ to intimidate pesky pigeons and seagulls," 18 Aug. 2019 On the terrace, a falconer faces the sea, the bird on his arm scaring off the seagulls, as the fiery orb dips into the Adriatic. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 2019 Chavez and his falconers use hawks and falcons for the job. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Falconers keep Orange County from being overrun by birds," 8 Aug. 2019 Tango appears to sit on a falconer-like leather gloved and works magic. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "The real stars of 'Jurassic World - The Ride' are the freakily lifelike roaming dinosaurs," 23 July 2019 Many cliffs are managed under cautious principles established in the 1970s, says Dave Peterson, a falconer and retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018 Bouchaine Vineyards in the Carneros region of California’s Napa Valley started using falconers in 2016 to keep other birds — like starlings and migratory species— from eating their grapes. Washington Post, "Tourists experience the ancient sport of falconry," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of falconer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Falconer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falconer. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of falconer

: a person who hunts with hawks or trains hawks for hunting

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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