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


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


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

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 On the other hand, reports New Scientist’s Krista Charles, the level of intercommunity violence found at the site doesn’t seem to have been typical of other hunter-gatherer groups, which may not have faced as much resource competition. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 Superminds have operated since the time of hunter-gatherer tribes. Ganes Kesari, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Both chimpanzee communities and human hunter-gatherer groups are extremely aggressive toward outsiders. Bruce Peterson, Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 Like many hunter-gatherer communities, Hadzabe greatly value a person’s right to make their own decisions. Michaeleen Doucleff, Time, 6 Mar. 2021 Though some tribes retreated deeper into what remained of the forest, their seminomadic, hunter-gatherer ways proved incompatible with modern property deeds and private land ownership. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 Only pre-agrarian hunter-gatherer societies avoid wealth concentration. Scott Burns, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2021 Of however many thousands of years of being a hunter-gatherer. Annie Jacobsen, Wired, 20 Jan. 2021 Meantime, her increasingly unshaven brothers have also increasingly positioned themselves as the avatars of the hunter-gatherer set. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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