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

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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

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Lefty Biceps, a 19-year-old club fighter and petty thief from Chicago’s Polish Northwest Side who is intimidated by a knife-wielding fellow gang member into allowing his girlfriend, Steffi, to be raped by the whole gang. Algis Valiunas, National Review, "Nelson Algren: Chicago’s Bard of the Downtrodden," 11 July 2019 The ride is designed to put parkgoers in the middle of a fierce battle between resistance fighters and the evil forces of the First Order. Hugo Martin,, "Disneyland’s second Star Wars land ride is delayed until January," 11 July 2019 The big fireworks show in DC comes Thursday night, replete with Abrams tanks, flyovers by stealth jets - a B-2 bomber, F-22 Raptor and F-35 fighter --and a presidential speech that the White House pinky-swears won't be overtly partisan. Dallas News, "Castro rises in poll, outrage over Texas immigration detention centers grows, new Dallas voting plan," 4 July 2019 The service will also send two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighters and one B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "All of the Military Hardware at Washington's 4th of July Event," 4 July 2019 All this comes as the U.S. has rushed an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and F-22 fighters to the region and Iran recently shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone. Jon Gambrell,, "Iran will increase uranium enrichment to ‘any amount that we want,’ president says," 3 July 2019 Hifter's forces include the remnants of Gadhafi's army as well as tribal fighters and ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists. NBC News, "Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 40 killed," 3 July 2019 Reed was also a wrestling coach, mixed martial arts fighter and referee. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Interim police chief appointed for Kemah," 2 July 2019 There’s some guys that are real fighters and real champions. Alex Miller,, "UFC welterweight fighter Rafael dos Anjos leans on faith in quest for second gold belt," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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