rap·​tor | \ ˈrap-tər How to pronounce raptor (audio) , -ˌtȯr\

Definition of raptor

2 [ New Latin -raptor (as in velociraptor) ] : a usually small-to-medium-sized predatory dinosaur (such as a velociraptor or deinonychus)

Examples of raptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

In a longer 90-minute session, a second raptor is flown. Washington Post, "Tourists experience the ancient sport of falconry," 11 June 2018 In the area of the wind farm, raptors were around four times less common than in other areas. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Turbines Kill So Many Birds They're Effectively an Apex Predator," 6 Nov. 2018 An awards show minus any red carpet raptors demanding the designers of passing gowns. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Highest drama," 8 June 2018 The raptor will tell you where the thermals — the uplifting air currents — are. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Go, hawks: Sailplane pilots look to birds for flying tips," 23 Nov. 2018 The junior members of the rescue team are played with eccentric charm by Daniella Peneda (good with needles) and Justice Smith (bad with bugs, and the weather, and the raptors). Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' review: Raptors delight while humans make a mess of things," 20 June 2018 The dinosaurs are almost guaranteed to escape, and nobody wants raptors running around Times Square. Anchorage Daily News, "Review: The ‘Jurassic World’ sequel achieves the impossible: It makes dinosaurs boring," 20 June 2018 If the public doesn’t step up quickly, the three elegant raptors that are about to fledge from their nest in UC Berkeley’s equally elegant bell tower could go through life as Fluffy, Cottonball and Marshmallow. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "For baby raptors, cuddly names may not fly — UC seeks suggestions," 24 May 2018 Peregrine Falcon: Speedy Feathers The largest falcon over most of North America, peregrine falcons are crow-sized raptors with long, pointed wings and a long tail. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'raptor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of raptor

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for raptor

New Latin Raptores, former order name, from Latin, plural of raptor plunderer, from rapere

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about raptor

Dictionary Entries near raptor








Statistics for raptor

Last Updated

13 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for raptor

The first known use of raptor was in 1873

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for raptor



English Language Learners Definition of raptor

: a bird (such as an eagle or hawk) that kills and eats other animals for food
: a small or medium-sized dinosaur that ate other animals


rap·​tor | \ ˈrap-tər How to pronounce raptor (audio) \

Kids Definition of raptor

More from Merriam-Webster on raptor

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with raptor

Spanish Central: Translation of raptor

Comments on raptor

What made you want to look up raptor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


likely to have or produce good results

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!