fletch·​er | \ ˈfle-chər How to pronounce fletcher (audio) \

Definition of fletcher

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a maker of arrows


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Fletch·​er | \ ˈfle-chər How to pronounce Fletcher (audio) \

Definition of Fletcher (Entry 2 of 2)

John 1579–1625 English dramatist

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Fletcher is one of a number of English words that once commonly referred to occupations but are now better known as surnames. "Fletcher" came to English from the Anglo-French noun fleche, meaning "arrow; our verb "to fletch" can mean "to furnish (an arrow) with a feather." Other names for occupations that are now commonly used as surnames include "cooper" (a person who makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs), "collier" (a coal miner), "chandler" (a person who make candles), "sawyer" (a person who saws wood), and "wainwright" (a person who makes wagons). And, of course, there are names such as Baker, Carpenter, and Miller whose origins are more or less self-explanatory.

First Known Use of fletcher


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fletcher


Middle English fleccher, from Anglo-French flecher, from fleche arrow — more at flèche

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