fight·​er | \ ˈfī-tər How to pronounce fighter (audio) \

Definition of fighter

: one that fights: such as
a(1) : warrior, soldier
(2) : a pugnacious or game individual
b : an airplane of high speed and maneuverability with armament designed to destroy enemy aircraft

Examples of fighter in a Sentence

the debate whether more fighters are needed to bring order to that war-torn country a program at the community center for training local youths as fighters
Recent Examples on the Web A year ago, after local Serbs blocked the same roads in another feud over license plates, Kosovo’s government deployed special police forces and Belgrade flew fighter jets close to the border. Reuters, NBC News, 1 Aug. 2022 On Sunday, a spokesman for the Chinese air force said, without specifying dates, that the country’s fighter jets would fly around Taiwan to demonstrate its ability to defend its territory. New York Times, 31 July 2022 On Sunday, a spokesperson for the Chinese air force said that the country’s fighter jets flew around Taiwan to enhance the ability to defend territorial integrity, without specifying dates. Vivian Wang,, 31 July 2022 The handle on parlays including Shevchenko at Caesars Sportsbook is over twice as much as the next-closest fighter (Brendan Allen). Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Front-runner Gustavo Petro is a former guerrilla fighter and mayor of Bogota, whose 2022 bid marks his third presidential campaign. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 27 May 2022 The mayhem closed an unforgettable night for the fighter, who collected a new super-featherweight belt and gave away an engagement ring within a span of seconds while in the boxing ring. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 In other universes, Evelyn's husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) is a scientist, a skilled fighter, a suave gentleman, not a schlubby laundromat operator. Christian Holub,, 15 Apr. 2022 Amell plays an elven fighter named Gallatin, who leads an army of guerrilla Scoia’tael fighting on behalf of Nilfgaard. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2022

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“Fighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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