retriever

noun

re·​triev·​er ri-ˈtrē-vər How to pronounce retriever (audio)
: one that retrieves
especially : a dog of any of several breeds having a heavy water-resistant coat and used especially for retrieving game

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meet Benson, a three-year-old pup from Houston who is looking for a forever home. Benson, thought to be a mix of a retriever and a Catahoula, is one of the many dogs up for adoption right now at Best Friends in Houston. Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 8 Oct. 2022 Whether collie or retriever, purebred or mutt, dogs climb mountains with us, travel on airplanes with us, and eat the scraps off our plate. James Gaines, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2022 With one of the squishiest faces and softest demeanors, this 2-year-old Sharpei-Labrador retriever mix is sure to leave a permanent mark on the hearts of all who know her. The Arizona Republic, 23 Dec. 2022 Any visitor learns his inclinations are to support his leadership, with two large framed photos of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) playing with Joyce’s late Golden retriever, Winnie, over his desk. Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Dec. 2022 This formula includes Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) to help ensure your retriever has the most success with joint health. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 The rapper started in the corner like that meme of some guy at a party and soon slinked through the room, flirting with the attendees with his silly little golden-retriever eyes. Vulture, 26 June 2022 In addition to the state duck and goose calling championships, the event hosted WWA’s Decoy Carving Competition, fastest retriever contests and many seminars and presentations. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2022 Rigby is a good retriever, but the idea of working hard to find a live bird hasn’t caught on with him yet. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retriever was in the 15th century

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“Retriever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retriever. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

retriever

noun
re·​triev·​er ri-ˈtrē-vər How to pronounce retriever (audio)
: one that retrieves
especially : a dog (as a golden retriever) of any of several breeds having a heavy water-resistant coat and used especially for retrieving game

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