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 Fisher (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 Fisher (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

Noun few fishers of lake trout are more ardent or adept than my father
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the summer of 2011, Santa Cruz fisher Kevin Butler was leaving the boat harbor after a day of halibut fishing, about to head to his second job, running a restaurant kitchen. Sarah Henry,, "Santa Cruz fisher goes all in on seafood, whether it’s salmon — or slime eel," 18 Sep. 2020 Down-payment assistance grants will provide up to $40,000 for each fisher’s initial outlay on replacement crab traps. J.k. Dineen,, "After Pier 45 fire, San Francisco pledges $1 million-plus in grants, loans for fishers," 9 June 2020 The local fishers and associations are expected to meet at noon Monday to discuss the fire and its consequences. Rusty Simmons,, "Massive Pier 45 fire devastates San Francisco fishing industry, threatens Dungeness crab season," 24 May 2020 As a result, many fishers from southern Tamil Nadu are also reaching Lakshadweep to hunt the species with the assistance of the local fish workers. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "India readies the world’s first safe zone for sea cucumbers," 5 May 2020 But as climate change warms the world’s seas, the herring these fishers rely on are vanishing at the southern end of their range and turning up more often at its northern edges. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Ocean Species Are Shifting toward the Poles," 27 Mar. 2020 But sometimes, those big fish full of the worms—like salmon or herring—get intercepted by fishers and end up in markets. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Parasitic Worm Commonly Found in Sushi is Thriving in Nature," 4 Apr. 2020 As restaurants close or go to takeout, producers are deeply worried about the ability of local farmers, foragers, and fishers to ride out the pandemic. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Locavores were resetting the American table. Then came a pandemic.," 2 Apr. 2020 For centuries, fishers in Narrangansett, R.I., have plied the waters of the northwestern Atlantic for herring—small, schooling fish that are also a staple for ocean predators. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Ocean Species Are Shifting toward the Poles," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of fisher


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

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23 Sep 2020

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