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

LaPorta, however, was a skilled hunter who always shot with his right. Jeff Coen, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago police officer should be fired for shooting friend nearly a decade ago, lying about it, oversight agency says," 9 Sep. 2019 Barn owls are skilled nocturnal hunters, swooping across open landscapes to scout out small rodents that scurry below. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Moonlight Helps White Barn Owls Stun Their Prey," 4 Sep. 2019 One key driver of that change, according to Zimov, was human hunters who decimated the herds of large grazers, by about 10,000 years ago. Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic, "Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all.," 16 Aug. 2019 Squirrels, take note: Staff members say Kirana, not surprisingly, is a great hunter. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "How do you perform dental work on a tiger? Very carefully.," 16 Aug. 2019 Leopards are fast, powerful hunters, able to carry prey three times their weight. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Is Leopard Print Tacky or Classic? A Historical Debate," 18 Sep. 2018 And the funds acquired from licenses purchased by hunters and anglers directly fund the state’s conservation efforts. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan squirrels boost conservation work across the state," 28 Aug. 2019 The enormous bears, which typically lived in Asia and Europe, were driven from caves by human hunters thousands of years ago and put on the road to extinction, the researchers found. Fox News, "Humans played major role in driving cave bear to extinction, study says," 20 Aug. 2019 Other wolves from the same pack were killed by hunters starting in September 2018. Washington Post, "4 last wolves in Washington pack killed by state hunters," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hunter

Noun

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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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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