hunt·​er | \ ˈhən-tər How to pronounce hunter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Hunter (audio) \

Definition of Hunter (Entry 2 of 3)

John 1728–1793 British anatomist and surgeon


geographical name
Hun·​ter | \ ˈhən-tər How to pronounce Hunter (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for hunter

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

  • nonhunter
Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of hunter in a Sentence

Noun hunters must have a license to shoot deer
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the 9,000-year-old Wilamaya Patjxa site, a teenage hunter was found buried with her weapons. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harpers Magazine, "Findings," 5 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday, a duck hunter apparently found his remains about a quarter-mile from the search area. William Thornton |, al, "Duck hunter finds body of missing Huntsville man," 30 Dec. 2020 From the perch, Kalil’s fellow hunter Amy Siewe focused on the other side of the levee, looking out at breathtaking views of cypress domes., "Florida hunter makes Christmas cookies with python eggs," 28 Dec. 2020 In this intriguing tale, Leah Sottile brings to life a 17th-century shipwreck and an intensely curious treasure hunter who devotes years and years to uncovering its history. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Arts and Culture," 16 Dec. 2020 Still another theory is that there’s something in the poop that interferes with the pheromones at play between hunter and prey. Matt Simon, Wired, "Bees Paint Animal Poo on Their Homes to Repel Giant Hornets," 9 Dec. 2020 The legal case in question was instigated by a fellow treasure hunter and Chicago real estate attorney who contends that Stuef hacked her texts and emails to steal her search plan. Washington Post, "Adventurer who spent years chasing a famed hidden treasure — and finally found it — is unmasked," 8 Dec. 2020 Todd Mead, of Queensbury, New York, grew up in the deer-poor, hunter-heavy Adirondack Mountains, and for years has consistently killed big bucks on public land from the Northeast through the Midwest. Brian Lovett, Field & Stream, "How and Where to Kill a Whitetail Deer on Public Land," 1 Sep. 2020 My father was an expert hunter and angler in Mexico, and his knowledge is benefiting kids in the U.S. Outdoor Life, "Fishing Kept Me Off the Streets and Out of Trouble. Now It’s Time to Pass on What I’ve Learned," 30 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hunter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hunter


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hunter

Time Traveler for hunter

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for hunter

Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hunter


How to pronounce Hunter (audio)

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 How to pronounce hunter (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on hunter

What made you want to look up hunter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!