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

Synonyms & Antonyms for hunter



  • nonhunter
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Examples of hunter in a Sentence

hunters must have a license to shoot deer
Recent Examples on the Web Footprints laid down by Ice Age hunter-gatherers and recently discovered in a Utah desert are shedding new light on North America's earliest human inhabitants. CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 Bellizzi: When terrestrial nutrition became unsustainable, technology enabled us to advance from being hunter-gatherers to farmers. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The author of the study, anthropologist Polly Wiessner, spent months with the Ju/’hoansi hunter-gatherers of Namibia and Botswana. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 30 June 2022 During the Paleoindian Period, which lasted from about 30,000 years ago to around 9,000 years ago, groups of hunter-gatherers migrated to North and South America. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 The image evoked the cave paintings of Lascaux, drawn by hunter-gatherers some seventeen thousand years ago. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 But the area around Blick Mead was special, and the hunter-gatherers who lived here clearly knew it. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Even before the first agricultural societies formed around 10,000 B.C., hunter-gatherers in Jordan's Black Desert made bread with tubers and domesticated grain. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 The author — an avid hunter and fisherman — began his career as a journalist. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 25 July 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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18 Aug 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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