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

Examples of retriever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Professionals might also point out that Rigby in no way resembles a Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever or the red fox that inspired the breed, bred to lure ducks into range by working the shoreline. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 Duke, a male golden lab-retriever mix, is paired with police officer Theodore Santos while Huntah, a female black lab, works with Douglas. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2021 On a personal level, he and Margot are settled in their San Francisco home, are looking forward to their two older children’s upcoming weddings and spoiling the newest family member, an English retriever named Lulu who can do no wrong. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 July 2021 Because overcorrecting your dog can turn a $10,000 retriever into a house pet. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 Though each of the guest hosts genuflected to their privileged position, Rodgers radiated a golden-retriever quality that cast an inviting energy over the proceedings. New York Times, 5 May 2021 Booth, a Navy veteran from St. Paul, Minnesota, has had Ladybug -- a shar pei, pit bull and retriever mix -- for about 10 years, KARE 11 reported. Fox News, 1 May 2021 The Golden retriever was No. 4, and the bulldog, No. 5. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 16 Mar. 2021 Also, cover up the e-caller and tornado machine batteries, and make sure your retriever is well hidden. Joe Weimer, Outdoor Life, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of retriever

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2021

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“Retriever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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