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 The four-division champ is clearly the number one fighter in the world based on his résumé alone. Los Angeles Times, "Betting analysis: Will Canelo Álvarez beat Billy Joe Saunders?," 8 May 2021 Ten years ago this month, a popular Rangers enforcer, considered by some to be the toughest man and the most fearsome fighter in the N.H.L., died alone in his apartment from an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. New York Times, "Fighting in the N.H.L. Reveals Few, if Any, Winners," 7 May 2021 The 31-year-old British fighter has won 14 of his fights via knockout. Dallas News, "Saul “Canelo” Álvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders to have largest attendance of sporting event in last 14 months," 6 May 2021 Nintendo recently announced Aloy would be the newest fighter coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "'I know I can do this': How this Phoenix writer turned her love of games into a TV career," 5 May 2021 The Puerto Rican fighter surrendered to federal authorities Sunday night. Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio,, "Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo arrested in connection with death of lover, Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz," 3 May 2021 In the past three decades, the fighter and bomber force has also shrunk by more than half. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Biden’s Air Force picks would inherit weapon programs in 'dire' shape," 2 May 2021 The Israeli air force for years has been working on special external fuel tanks that could add thousands of pounds of fuel to the single-engine stealth fighter, likely boosting its combat radius by hundreds of miles. David Axe, Forbes, "For War With Iran And China, The F-35 Stealth Fighter Needs More Gas," 27 Apr. 2021 On Sunday, Weidman's wife Marivi posted a picture of the American fighter in his hospital bed after his surgery. Ben Morse, CNN, "Former UFC champion Chris Weidman has surgery after suffering 'freak' leg break," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2021

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“Fighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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