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
Recent Examples on the Web Malaysia's air force scrambled fighter jets on Monday after 16 Chinese military aircraft flew into its Exclusive Economic Zone. Ben Westcott, CNN, 2 June 2021 During the national anthem, officials managing the flyover take to the top of the pagoda to guide the U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets from the 187th Fighter Wing soaring over IMS. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2021 The Air Force dispatched fighter jets but found nothing. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 25 May 2021 Most of the drones appear to have been shot down by Israeli fighter jets or destroyed on their launchers, in some cases by Israeli drones circling overhead. David S. Cloud Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 And a new runway can handle fighter jets, two of which recently buzzed the North Pole. New York Times, 22 May 2021 And a new runway can handle fighter jets, two of which recently buzzed the North Pole., 22 May 2021 Meanwhile, the Taliban earlier this week said Afghan fighter jets bombed a health clinic in area the insurgents control in northern Baghlan province. Tameem Akhgar, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 The sound of fighter jets overhead and the constant threat of bombings is utterly terrifying, a mother of five living in Gaza told the BBC on May 14. Sarah Ferguson, Forbes, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2021

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“Fighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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