fortune hunter


Definition of fortune hunter

: a person who seeks wealth especially by marriage

Examples of fortune hunter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catherine begins the film a shy, naïve young woman who places her trust in fortune hunter Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift). Maureen Lee Lenker,, "9 Olivia de Havilland movies to watch for her 104th birthday that aren’t ‘Gone with the Wind’," 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, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 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, "Why Lafcadio Hearn’s Ghost Stories Still Haunt Us," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fortune hunter

1689, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fortune hunter was in 1689

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“Fortune hunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fortune hunter

: a person who is trying to become very wealthy especially by marrying a wealthy person

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