hunt·​er | \ˈhən-tər \

Definition of hunter 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a person who hunts game

b : a dog used or trained for hunting

c : a horse used or adapted for use in hunting with hounds especially : a fast strong horse trained for cross-country work and jumping

2 : one that searches for something

3 : a pocket watch with a hinged protective cover


biographical name
Hun·​ter | \ˈhən-tər \

Definition of Hunter (Entry 2 of 3)

John 1728–1793 British anatomist and surgeon


geographical name
Hun·​ter | \ˈhən-tər \

Definition of Hunter (Entry 3 of 3)

river 287 miles (462 kilometers) long in eastern New South Wales, southeastern Australia, flowing east into the Pacific

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hunter

Synonyms: Noun

huntsman, nimrod

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of hunter in a Sentence


hunters must have a license to shoot deer

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The town requires that bowhunters must be 1,200 feet from a residence, including the hunter's own, when bowhunting. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield may ease rules on bowhunting as it considers reducing deer population," 2 July 2018 American hunter's images of her black giraffe 'trophy kill' spark outrage. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump predicts Dems will be put on ICE in November; Dems in dissension; Mexico elects ‘messiah’," 2 July 2018 Gun control advocates have adopted the luminous shade of orange often worn for protection by hunters in fields and forests. Phil Diehl,, "Gun control advocates rally across county in 'Wear Orange' movement," 2 June 2018 Authorities said Reyes was caught on a hunter's trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Search for toddler missing after mother found buried takes grim turn," 29 May 2018 Go ahead and put 22158 Lake Rd. on your house hunter's list. Joey Morona,, "Rocky River midcentury with private beach asks $1.98 million: House of the Week," 4 May 2018 Also in the hunter's favor as the season progresses is the fact that many hens, already bred, go to nest. Frank Sargeant,, "Still lots of time to harvest a gobbler," 18 Mar. 2018 According to Express, Harry—an avid hunter who participated in his own first grouse shoot 21 years ago—skipped out on the royal tradition, reportedly to appease his new wife, Meghan Markle, who is an outspoken advocate for animal welfare. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Is Reportedly Stunned That Prince Harry Skipped This Huge Balmoral Tradition for Meghan Markle," 1 Sep. 2018 His father was an avid hunter and the family would rotate between their riverside estate and a hunting lodge in Portugal’s Alentejo region, south of Lisbon. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "When Home Is a Portuguese Bachelor Pad Fit for a King," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of hunter


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of hunter was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hunter

: a person who hunts wild animals

: a person who searches for something

: a strong horse that people use when they hunt foxes


hunt·​er | \ˈhən-tər \

Kids Definition of hunter

1 : a person who hunts wild animals

2 : a dog or horse used or trained for hunting

3 : a person who searches for something a bargain hunter

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