hunter

noun
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

Hunter

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

Hunter

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hunter

Synonyms: Noun

huntsman, nimrod

Antonyms: Noun

nonhunter

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Examples of hunter in a Sentence

Noun

hunters must have a license to shoot deer

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Based on previous structures, the new study says, Stonehenge has foundational roots in a hunter-gatherer culture that began 7000 years prior to its construction, based out the Brittany region of northwestern France. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Stonehenge Might Have Its Roots With Ancient Sailors From France," 12 Feb. 2019 But anthropologists studying even the smallest villages and hunter-gatherer groups have recorded murder, revenge killing and warfare. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 That's about how long nursing lasts in some modern human societies, especially hunter-gatherer cultures whose lifestyles may resemble those of Payre 6 and his family. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthal teeth reveal lead exposure and difficult winters," 31 Oct. 2018 Toothless is an alpha male whose assertion of his supremacy over dragonkind is thwarted and threatened by a sneering dragon hunter, Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), who has devoted his life to exterminating Night Furies. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: Third film soars with extraordinary visuals," 20 Feb. 2019 Finally, a little self-awareness: Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. filmmaking duo the Vicious Brothers, effectively spoof those ghost hunter shows that were briefly a hot trend, while still building toward a genuinely suspenseful second half. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 Shipwreck hunters spent eight days this summer unearthing and examining the remains of the ship. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 Bargain hunters may prefer the $1.50-per-bottle Shinola Cola now in stock at Sparrow Market, 407 North 5th Ave. in Ann Arbor. Detroit Free Press, "Shinola Cola sells for $2-plus in downtown Detroit, free in Midtown," 30 June 2018 However, the team had to rely on local hunters to share parts of their kill for analysis, something only a handful of them were willing to do—perhaps out of fear of getting into trouble. National Geographic, "Humans Gave Leprosy to Armadillos. Now, They’re Giving It Back," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of hunter

Noun

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

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hunter

noun

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

hunter

noun
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

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