ori·​en·​teer | \ ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtir How to pronounce orienteer (audio) , -ˌen- \

Definition of orienteer

: a person who engages in orienteering

Examples of orienteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crawford became a regular marathoner and competitive orienteer. Shauna Farnell, New York Times, "Uphill Skiing at 75: ‘There’s No One Left in My Category’," 5 Feb. 2020 In the women’s middle distance competition at the Games, Chinese orienteers had come close to sweeping the winners podium, with competitors in first, second, and fourth place. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Chinese Orienteering Team Disqualified For 'Extensive Cheating' During Military World Games," 25 Oct. 2019 There have been octogenarian ramblers, naked hikers and nocturnal orienteers bouncing past with their head torches at two in the morning. The Economist, "Walking the wall: my Brexit hike in northern England," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of orienteer

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orienteer

back-formation from orienteering

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“Orienteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orienteer. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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