han·​dler | \ ˈhan(d)-lər How to pronounce handler (audio) , ˈhan-dᵊl-ər \

Definition of handler

1 : one that handles something
2a : a person in immediate physical charge of an animal especially : a person who exhibits dogs at shows or field trials
b : a person who trains or acts as second for a boxer
c : a manager of a political or public figure or campaign

Examples of handler in a Sentence

a dog handler and breeder a politician and his handlers
Recent Examples on the Web Among them are two prerace COVID-19 tests for every musher, handler, veterinarian and other visitors connected to the race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how the Kusko 300 plans to keep villages safe while putting dog teams on the trail," 11 Sep. 2020 Customers with questions about their coverages or claim issue are encouraged to reach out to their claim handler, State Farm spokesperson Sevag Sarkissian said in an email. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Regulator urges California insurers to provide additional coverage to wildfire evacuees," 3 Sep. 2020 Officials suspect that the tiger contracted the virus from a human handler, which makes this case a rare example of human-to-animal transmission. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Tiger in the Bronx Zoo Tested Positive for COVID-19," 8 Apr. 2020 The ceremony was complete with a K-9 demonstration courtesy of K-9 Riso and his handler, Phoenix police Officer James Smoke. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Groundbreaking for new Phoenix police K-9 facility highlights modern, recreational features," 26 Aug. 2020 Breezy will undergo around two years of training and be assigned a handler from one of three Indiana prisons. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "'Definitely not forgotten': Slain Officer Breann Leath's story becomes part of history," 20 Aug. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Max and his handler, who joined the Dyfed-Powys Police dog section in February, went on to get a special shout-out from the police department. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Police Dog Named Max Finds Missing Woman and 1-Year-Old Child During His First Day on the Job," 8 Aug. 2020 Simmons has recovered from a back injury that opened the door for Shake Milton to flash his potential as a perimeter ball-handler. Staff, USA TODAY, "NBA 2019-20 bubble restart burning questions: Are Lakers, Clippers best of the West? What's at stake for Bucks?," 30 July 2020 And in predominantly hot-weather regions, where heating isn’t as important, the heat pump can be paired with an air handler. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Heat Pump Works," 5 July 2020

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First Known Use of handler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Handler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handler. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handler

: a person who trains or controls an animal
: a person who carries or handles something
chiefly US : a person who guides, helps, or manages a political or public figure

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