hunts·​man | \ ˈhən(t)-smən How to pronounce huntsman (audio) \

Definition of huntsman

2 : a person who manages a hunt and looks after the hounds
3 : huntsman spider The huntsman does not capture its prey in a web but stalks and chases it with stealth and speed.— Lloyd Johnson

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Synonyms & Antonyms for huntsman



  • nonhunter
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Examples of huntsman in a Sentence

the huntsman presented the king with two pheasants for the royal table
Recent Examples on the Web Sent by an evil queen to capture an escaped princess, a huntsman instead becomes the young woman’s protector and helps her in her quest to regain control of her kingdom. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 In August, an Australian woman posted photos of a giant huntsman spider lurking in her home on Facebook before it was safely removed. Fox News, "Shocking photo of a colony of huntsman spiders living together found in Australia," 10 Dec. 2019 The huntsman leads the pack so the hounds don't run astray or into dangerous territory, like a road. Stephanie Klein-davis,, "‘It’s about the chase’: Fox hunting season officially opens," 26 Nov. 2019 The animated fantasy show RWBY is set in a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, and where humanity’s hope lies with powerful huntsmen and huntresses. Clark Collis,, "RWBY huntresses battle beasties in monster-filled volume 7 clip," 31 Oct. 2019 Live Science notes that the average huntsman species is about 1-inch long with a leg span up to 5 inches. Fox News, "Huge creepy huntsman spider sends shivers around Facebook," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of huntsman

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of huntsman was in 1561

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27 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Huntsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of huntsman

: a person (especially a man) who hunts wild animals
: a person (especially a man) who manages a group of people who are hunting wild animals


hunts·​man | \ ˈhənt-smən How to pronounce huntsman (audio) \
plural huntsmen\ -​smən \

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