noun (1)
plac·​er | \ ˈplā-sər How to pronounce placer (audio) \

Definition of placer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that places: such as
a : one that deposits or arranges
b : one of the winners in a competition


noun (2), often attributive
plac·​er | \ ˈpla-sər How to pronounce placer (audio) \

Definition of placer (Entry 2 of 2)

: an alluvial, marine, or glacial deposit containing particles of valuable mineral and especially of gold placer gold

First Known Use of placer

Noun (1)

circa 1578, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for placer

Noun (2)

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

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The first known use of placer was circa 1578

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“Placer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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