fighter

noun
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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In the April 30 incident, Army Spec. Gabriel Conde, 22, was shot by enemy fighters in a firefight in Kapisa province while providing security for U.S. Special Operations troops. Dan Lamothe, chicagotribune.com, "1 U.S. service member killed, 2 wounded in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan," 7 July 2018 Al-Shabab fighters attacked an upscale Kenyan mall in 2013 in a siege that left 67 people dead. Jeff Baenen, The Seattle Times, "Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests," 13 Apr. 2019 During the events, people sang hymns and placed flowers at the fallen fighters' graves. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Memorial Day? Here's What You Need to Know About the Observance," 1 Mar. 2019 France is considering bringing back more than 100 former Islamic State fighters, who would face trial, along with their families. Karla Adam, The Seattle Times, "Shamima Begum, teenager who joined ISIS, to lose UK citizenship," 20 Feb. 2019 Ashwaq Haji Hami was only 14 when she was sold in her home country of Iraq for $100 to an Islamic State fighter named Abu Humam. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "ISIS sex slave survivor says she met her captor in Germany," 18 Aug. 2018 Even Islamic State fighters who have been caught pose a dilemma. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "ISIS May Be Waning, but Global Threats of Terrorism Continue to Spread," 6 July 2018 Some even suggest that Islamic State fighters are involved with these West African scourges. William F.s. Miles, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Niger that I know," 16 May 2018 The Su-27 is a fourth generation fighter aircraft originally fielded in 1985. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Russian Jet Fighter Intercept a U.S. Air Force Spy Plane," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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fighter

noun

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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