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

Examples of retriever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same held true in Front Royal, Va., on Friday, where a group of seven Labrador retrievers collected their degrees from the National Canine Training Center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Ryan Lucas, NPR, 26 June 2024 Pet parents spend the most on golden retrievers, beagles, german shepherds, labrador retrievers, and dachshunds, according to Empower. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 23 June 2024 Roughly two thirds of hunters don’t have boats and, surprisingly to me, about the same don’t use retrievers. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 19 June 2024 Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers were exceedingly loved in the top cities, and American pit bull terriers were also sitting pretty in many. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for retriever 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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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