pick·​er ˈpi-kər How to pronounce picker (audio)
: one that picks: such as
: a worker who picks something (such as crops)
: a tool, implement, or machine used in picking something
: a musician who picks a stringed instrument (such as a banjo)

Examples of picker in a Sentence

a book reviewer who is one of the pickers of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction
Recent Examples on the Web Below a forested hillside, tea pickers in colorful saris moved among rows of electric-green bushes, as if the scene were set to high contrast. Erin Vivid Riley, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2024 The untitled French thriller series revolves around a young mother on the run finds an unexpected opportunity to bounce back by becoming a picker in a prestigious flower farm in Provence. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 19 Mar. 2024 Half of the participants — a mix of tea pickers, weavers and seamstresses between 35 and 65 — were randomly chosen to receive a free pair of reading glasses. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 During her time as a volunteer grape picker at Sonoita Vineyards, Stranik fell in love with the farming and production sides of the industry. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2024 And earlier this year, OSHA again proposed fines against a Central Florida farm after one of its strawberry pickers died of heat exhaustion after temperatures rose to 89 degrees. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Since October 7th, messages in settler chat groups had portrayed olive pickers as undercover Hamas operatives and as Nazis. Shane Bauer, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Deere is integrating autonomy into earthmovers, road milling machines, cotton pickers, tractors, and more. Richard Bishop, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The picking robot from ETH spin-off Floating Robotics takes on particularly repetitive tasks, thereby alleviating the strain on human pickers. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of picker was in the 14th century

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“Picker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picker. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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