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


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

Officials said hunters and campers are most likely to come in contact with such mosquitoes. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas officials downplay health threat from little-known mosquito-borne virus that caused symptoms in teen," 23 June 2018 To resist, slave families regularly ran away together but faced harsh physical punishment, even death, if caught by slave hunters. Russell Contreras,, "Other times in history when the U.S. separated families," 20 June 2018 No details have been announced in Wisconsin, but hunters are likely to be included in the sampling regimen. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An unexpectedly quiet spring for the usually predictable rough grouse is cause for concern," 16 June 2018 Animal advocates say bow hunting is particularly cruel, often leaving deer injured and dying long after they are shot unless tracked and killed by hunters. Stephen Singer,, "Malloy Signs Law Expanding Bow Hunting On Private Land," 14 June 2018 And as Brandon Specktor reports for Live Science, the discovery of a juvenile L. unguispinus fossil has revealed that these prehistoric hunters were well-equipped to kill from an early age. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Prehistoric Sea Creature Had Fanged, Killer Babies," 11 June 2018 Scott said he was notified by the FBI lab a few weeks ago that the remains found by hunters last year were identified as Baum. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Lindsey Baum case: Remains found by hunters in 2017 ID'd as long-missing Wash. girl," 10 May 2018 Kaiser said the arrows are not the type used by hunters. Fedor Zarkhin,, "Magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes off Oregon coast," 29 Apr. 2018 Historically, hunters and anglers have been a primary market for the high-end cooler industry. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Cooler Companies Capitalize on Yeti's Spat with the NRA," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hunter


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

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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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