pick·​er | \ ˈpi-kər How to pronounce picker (audio) \

Definition of picker

: one that picks: such as
a : a worker who picks something (such as crops)
b : a tool, implement, or machine used in picking something
c : a musician who picks a stringed instrument (such as a banjo)

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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 But Lindberg also cites Phish, the Grateful Dead, and modern-day picker Billy Strings as influences. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 Grocery stores are also designed for browsing, meaning an order that sends a picker to the bakery or in search of flowers can derail their attempts to be efficient. New York Times, 4 June 2021 Chamath Palihapitiya - the chairman of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson - the company’s largest shareholder, and ARK investments, run by star stock picker Cathie Wood, have been selling shares in the company in recent months. Trefis Team, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The mother of eight had worked as a cotton picker in the 1940s in Bakersfield, later moving to Los Angeles and attending church in Compton. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2021 Lynch was a bottom-up stock-picker who looked for good companies selling at attractive prices. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 The picker was going to keep pecking away the rest of the day until the remainder came down and concrete could be trucked away elsewhere on the site. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021 In 2019, Richardson lost his job at Faurecia, a Mercedes-Benz and Nissan seat manufacturer in nearby Cottondale, and his pay went down from $23.50 hourly as a UAW Local 2083 union member to $15 an hour as a picker at Amazon. Luis Feliz Leon, The New Republic, 26 Mar. 2021 Influentials like Elon Musk and star stock picker Cathy Woods have helped send bitcoin’s price soaring in recent weeks. Jane Li, Quartz, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of picker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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16 Jun 2021

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“Picker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picker. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of picker

: a person or machine that picks crops

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