re·​triev·​er | \ ri-ˈtrē-vər How to pronounce retriever (audio) \

Definition of retriever

: one that retrieves especially : a dog of any of several breeds having a heavy water-resistant coat and used especially for retrieving game

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Bring chairs and a picnic, but don’t bring the retriever or the rosé, since dogs and alcohol are both banned. Nancy Depalma, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beaches in the Florida Keys," 19 July 2019 In Old Tom’s day, a caddie’s value was as much as a retriever as a resource for information on the course layout and the conditions. Edgar Thompson,, "New documentary, ‘Loopers,’ celebrates caddies place in golf history," 12 June 2019 Zuzu is a mixed breed of catahoula leopard and a retriever which are known to herd other animals and are protective. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A deer and dog had a wild encounter in a Wauwatosa backyard," 10 June 2019 Activities: Waterfowl hunting and retriever demonstration; turkey hunting demonstration; rifle, shotgun and archery skills; bluebird nest box construction., "Recreation and outdoors calendar (May 20)," 19 May 2018 For entertainment, the Chevy Dealers Main Stage will offer the fastest dog retriever contests and IRON JACKS Timber Team lumberjacks shows. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fuel your outdoors dreams at the Journal Sentinel Sports Show," 2 Mar. 2018 Ronan introduces me to the Westie-retriever mix as if to a charming friend. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan on Growing Up on Camera, the Changing Politics of Ireland, and Becoming a Queen," 11 July 2018 Daily outdoor fun is a way of life for people with retrievers, terriers, spaniels, herding dogs and even plenty of dogs on the small side, who don’t seem to know they are considered part of the lapdog brigade. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Hiking or camping with your dogs? How to keep them safe," 11 July 2018 Sydney began to warm him up, tossing half-way down the pool’s length a small retriever’s bumper dolled with streamers. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of retriever

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of retriever

: a dog that is used for retrieving birds or animals that have been shot by a hunter


re·​triev·​er | \ ri-ˈtrē-vər How to pronounce retriever (audio) \

Kids Definition of retriever

: a dog that has a water-resistant coat and is skilled in retrieving game

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