fortune hunter


: a person who seeks wealth especially by marriage

Examples of fortune hunter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plot will follow Tarzan and Jane defending their home against fortune hunters who come to Africa. Caroline Brew, Variety, 13 Oct. 2023 Gold rush fever spread like lightning across the country, and the West Coast was inundated with fortune hunters impatient for their ride north, their chance at the goldfields. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 25 June 2023 Araujo describes Rondon in its early days as a noisy, stinky boomtown of sawmills and livestock auctions where would-be fortune hunters flocked from poorer parts of Brazil. Richard Schiffman, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2023 For those individuals enviously eyeing the market, furs seemed like a stable commodity with lower barriers to entry than many other fortune hunter paths. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2022 Catherine begins the film a shy, naïve young woman who places her trust in fortune hunter Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift). Maureen Lee Lenker,, 1 July 2020 The name was carried over as the name of the settlement founded near the site, fueled by a silver rush that attracted fortune hunters to the new town. National Geographic, 26 Mar. 2020 He was freed from the misery of that boarding school only when Sarah, having been bilked by a fortune hunter, went broke and had to withdraw him. Jonathan Dee, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1689, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fortune hunter was in 1689

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“Fortune hunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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