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


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Hun·​ter | \ ˈhən-tər How to pronounce Hunter (audio) \

Definition of Hunter (Entry 2 of 3)

John 1728–1793 British anatomist and surgeon


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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


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Examples of hunter in a Sentence


hunters must have a license to shoot deer

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In the 2018-19 hunting season, hunters in Carroll bagged 2,979 deer with firearms, according to Brian Eyler, Maryland Department of Natural Resources deer project leader, plus another 808 deer with muzzle loaders. Jon Kelvey,, "For Carroll County hunters, archery season offers extra opportunities," 13 Sep. 2019 Idaho Boise: An elk named Elliott who befriended archery elk hunters at a campground has been captured by state officials who are looking for a permanent home for him. USA TODAY, "Animation behind bars, Elliott the elk, SkyStar: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2019 Duck and goose hunters in Wisconsin are required to purchase a stamp. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bill on deck to raise price of Wisconsin waterfowl stamp," 7 Sep. 2019 House hunters in metro Detroit are only seeing 12% more entry-level homes up for sale — defined as homes in the bottom third of the market — relative to this time last year. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Don't have a down payment for a house? Banks might have a deal for you," 5 Sep. 2019 Their hurricane hunter aircraft collects data for NOAA, which helps forecasters predict where the storm is heading next. CBS News, "Hurricane Dorian now Category 5 storm as it bears down on the Bahamas," 1 Sep. 2019 That means neutrino hunters like Indu love collisions. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "Meet Indumathi, the Indian scientist who wants to capture one of the universe’s smallest particles," 27 Aug. 2019 More complicated bodies and ways of life based on hunting (and evading hunters) require this metabolic boost. Quanta Magazine, "Rapid Oxygen Changes Fueled an Explosion in Ancient Animal Diversity," 27 Aug. 2019 There’s much more additional information that will continue to be absorbed by both hurricane hunters as well as weather models over the next couple of days. Dave Epstein,, "A look at when and where Tropical Storm Dorian could potentially hit," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hunter


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

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13 Oct 2019

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The first known use of hunter was in the 13th century

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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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