han·​dler ˈhan(d)-lər How to pronounce handler (audio)
: one that handles something
: a person in immediate physical charge of an animal
especially : a person who exhibits dogs at shows or field trials
: a person who trains or acts as second for a boxer
: a manager of a political or public figure or campaign

Example Sentences

a dog handler and breeder a politician and his handlers
Recent Examples on the Web Years later, as an art handler working for galleries and collectors in D.C., Hill would oversee the move of a massive four-foot-tall decorative urn for Kerry Kennedy, RFK’s daughter. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 When baggage handler Andrew Redyk, 64, collapsed on the job at Los Angeles International Airport, his co-workers leaped into action. Robert Davis, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 Candidates were on their own for a grueling 60 or 90 minutes without a single handler at their side. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2022 Benjamin Bratt instead portrayed Bullock's FBI handler/love interest, Eric Matthews, but Jackman didn't get too raw a deal. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 27 Oct. 2022 People who want to serve unsealed, prepared food have to apply for a food handler’s permit. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 But Southwest Airlines baggage handler Bryant Cisneraos and his co-workers were determined to keep the toy from breaking. CBS News, 18 Oct. 2022 As the hearse made its way to the entrance, a riderless black pony stood almost at attention, next to a handler with bowed head. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2022 Beyoncé’s handler Julius de Boer separated her husband, Jay Z, and sister Solange during their infamous elevator fight. Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of handler was in the 14th century

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“Handler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handler. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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