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noun (1)

plac·​er ˈplā-sər How to pronounce placer (audio)
: one that places: such as
: one that deposits or arranges
: one of the winners in a competition


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noun (2)

plac·​er ˈpla-sər How to pronounce placer (audio)
often attributive
: an alluvial, marine, or glacial deposit containing particles of valuable mineral and especially of gold
placer gold

Examples of placer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
But the highest placer of the group is Paris’ Charles de Gaulle (CDG), in sixth. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 18 Apr. 2024 Batavia’s Ino Garcia, a two-time state placer, turns into medal collector. Chicago Tribune, 17 Jan. 2024 In her three previous trips to the state tournament, Williams has managed one win in each bracket but has not been a placer. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 10 Mar. 2012 Evelyn Park, River Hill, junior: Park was a top-10 placer at both districts (ninth) and counties (eighth), a key member of the Hawks county, district and state championship teams. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 The top six placers from the events qualify for the 2023 Grand Prix Final, taking place in China. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The timberlands here are rich and varied: maple, oak, beech, birch, mountain ash, and the placer gold of timber, red spruce, prized by the lumber mills for its grain, strength, and beauty. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 Mason's score was aided by its 11 top-three placers, including four individual champions. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 27 May 2023 Amid championship level competitors such as the future world placer Shanley, a close friend of Bryanne’s, under the tutelage of Florida instructor Chrissy Deacy, who would forge a great friendship with the smiling, dreadlocked new student, Collins embraced it all. Globe Staff,, 19 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Noun (2)

Spanish, from Catalan, submarine plain, from plaza place, from Latin platea broad street — more at place

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1578, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of placer was circa 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Placer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a deposit of sand or gravel containing particles of valuable mineral (as gold)

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