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

Definition of fighter

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

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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 Tom Cruise stars as a fighter pilot sent to the rigorous Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July from home? A guide to fireworks specials and holiday-themed movies and shows," 3 July 2020 If the embargo is lifted, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency predicted in 2019 that Iran likely would try to purchase Russian Su-30 fighter jets, Yak-130 trainer aircraft and T-90 tanks. Washington Post, "AP Interview: US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal," 28 June 2020 Thornberry’s pushback bolstered a deluge of criticism coming from Democrats, who fumed that the siphoning for the wall would take away funds that were slated for fighter jets like the F-35, Navy ships and National Guard equipment. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump’s diversion of Pentagon funds to US-Mexico border wall ruled unconstitutional," 26 June 2020 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles were stationed on the National Mall, while a B-2 bomber, F-22 fighter jets, and other aircraft flew overhead. Fredrick Kunkle,, "‘Salute to America’ cost double the usual July 4 activities," 26 June 2020 The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. Stephen Groves, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump trip to Mount Rushmore draws fire from Native American activists," 25 June 2020 McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, is running as a centrist war hero, seemingly gift-wrapped with a shiny, blue bow. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Voting In The Primaries Might Be The Only Way To Save Electoral Politics," 22 June 2020 The replica carries 16 mock-ups of fighter jets on its deck, according to satellite photos taken by Maxar Technologies. Fox News, "Iran appears to build fake aircraft carrier as tensions with US grow," 10 June 2020 Brown, who was commissioned in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Texas Tech University, later became a commander of a fighter squadron. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Air Force Gen. Charles Brown confirmed as first black military chief," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2020

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“Fighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fighter

: a warrior or soldier
: someone who does not give up : someone who continues fighting or trying
: a fast airplane that has weapons for destroying enemy aircraft

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