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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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 Contrast of fortunes Climate change has created an especially stark contrast of fortunes between fishers in Alaska and Rhode Island. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 The project has been opposed by commercial fishers who say the fresh water will either damage finfish, shrimp and crabs, or make the resources relocate out of the area. Mark Schleifstein,, "Canadian firm chosen to design Mid-Breton sediment diversion," 21 Feb. 2018 The canneries were supplied by commercial fishers, who used gill nets to entangle the turtles, setting the nets in and around passes and channels the turtles used to travel in the bays and move between bays and the ocean. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' green sea turtles exhibit remarkable resiliency," 13 Jan. 2018 The department recognizes the tremendous impact these closures will bring to our commercial and sport fishers. Sam Cotten, Anchorage Daily News, "Why the state decided to shut down or restrict king salmon fishing in the Susitna River drainage," 14 Mar. 2018 This is a bunch of hometown fishers celebrating fishing. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the best Indianapolis food and drink events in July," 29 June 2018 There was a point in time when we were called just bottom fishers. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores: Firing SVG one of his 'tougher' calls," 18 June 2018 The fishers donate the paddlefish roe to the Yellowstone Caviar Program, run by the Glendive Chamber of Commerce. New York Times, "Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of fisher


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

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