fish·​er | \ ˈfi-shər How to pronounce fisher (audio) \

Definition of fisher

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1 : one that fishes
2a : a dark brown North American carnivorous mammal (Martes pennanti) of the weasel family
b : the fur or pelt of this animal


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Fish·​er | \ ˈfi-shər How to pronounce Fisher (audio) \

Definition of Fisher (Entry 2 of 5)

Dorothy 1879–1958 Dorothea Frances née Canfield \ ˈkan-​ˌfēld How to pronounce ˈkan-ˌfēld (audio)\ American novelist


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Definition of Fisher (Entry 3 of 5)

Irving 1867–1947 American economist


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Definition of Fisher (Entry 4 of 5)

John Arbuthnot 1841–1920 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone \ ˈkil-​vər-​stən How to pronounce ˈkil-vər-stən (audio)\ British admiral


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Definition of Fisher (Entry 5 of 5)

Mary Frances Kennedy 1908–1992 American writer

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Synonyms for fisher

Synonyms: Noun


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Examples of fisher in a Sentence


few fishers of lake trout are more ardent or adept than my father

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While most marine fishing is highly commercialized and targeted at specific species, freshwater fisheries in Southeast Asia are often family-based, with fishers using all types of gear and catching many different kinds of fish. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "River sanctuaries help giant fish recover in Southeast Asia," 25 Apr. 2019 Designed by two outdoorsmen and fly-fishing guides, the trail is an ideal way for fly-fishers of all skill levels and ages to learn the art of fly-fishing. Lynn O’rourke Hayes, The Know, "Get hooked on these 5 great vacation spots for fly-fishing," 1 Aug. 2019 Just two feet tall, these petite penguins compete with commercial fishers for the same fish—anchovies and sardines—but the penguins usually lose that battle. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Go inside a penguin rescue center with new 360 video," 29 July 2019 Their innovation was to deploy a multibeam sonar instrument—similar to technology commercial fishers use to spot a prizewinning catch—to repeatedly map the topography of the glacier’s face from a safe distance. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "Alarming Sonar Results Show Glaciers May Be Melting Faster Than We Expected," 26 July 2019 Right now, only Michigan’s recreational fishers can legally catch most game fish, which include sunfish, walleye, lake trout and more. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Big changes could be coming to Michigan walleye, trout, perch fishing," 6 July 2019 Crickets and mealworms — farmed for decades in the American Southeast, first as bait for fishers — had long been the twin pillars of the lizard-food industry. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Maggots: A taste of food’s future," 3 July 2019 In Delaware, only a certain number of males can be caught by licensed fishers. Maddy Lauria,, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019 In the state of Florida, fishers over the age of 16 are required to have their own fishing license. Patrick Connolly,, "Go Fishing Day: Best Central Florida spots and tips for beginner anglers," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of fisher


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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