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

Definition of hunter

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

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Examples of hunter in a Sentence

hunters must have a license to shoot deer
Recent Examples on the Web Brown is happy to oblige. Fellow trophy bass hunter Ben Dehnadi operates the Low Down Customs shop in Tustin. Steven E. Banks, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Queen Elizabeth is a bat hunter and star gazer extraordinaire. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 On dry nights, the San hunter-gatherers of Namibia often sleep under the stars. Elizabeth Preston, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2022 TBoug_Getty Images Originally a hunter of small prey, the Australian Silky Terrier is a feisty dog, despite only weighing eight to 10 pounds when fully grown. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 3 May 2022 There would be no job hunter shaming for switching jobs, as it would be normalized. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 1 May 2022 The movie, produced by Douglas and directed by Robert Zemeckis, tells the story of Joan Wilder, a romance novelist who falls in love with bird hunter Jack Colton (Douglas) in the Colombian jungle. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Officials at Land Between the Lakes in Western Kentucky say a hunter recently captured an elusive white turkey. al, 20 Apr. 2022 In 1996 an outdoor guide and a hunter photographed a male jaguar in the Peloncillo Mountains in southeastern Arizona. Ganesh Marin, The Conversation, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Hunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hunter


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

Hunter biographical name

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

Definition of Hunter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

John 1728–1793 British anatomist and surgeon


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

Definition of Hunter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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