ori·​en·​teer ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtir How to pronounce orienteer (audio)
: a person who engages in orienteering

Examples of orienteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other participants were physically active but weren’t orienteers. Heidi Godman, Chicago Tribune, 19 July 2023 Crawford became a regular marathoner and competitive orienteer. Shauna Farnell, New York Times, 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, 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, 4 Dec. 2019

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Word History


back-formation from orienteering

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orienteer was in 1965

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“Orienteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orienteer. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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