ˈsir How to pronounce seer (audio)
: one that sees
: one that predicts events or developments
: a person credited with extraordinary moral and spiritual insight
: one that practices divination especially by concentrating on a glass or crystal globe

Examples of seer in a Sentence

several leading Wall Street seers have cautioned investors to prepare for a downturn in the economy
Recent Examples on the Web Determined to seize this one chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of seers and alchemists, holy men and hucksters, where the line between magic, science, and fraud is never certain. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 This incubator of dauntless pilots and air safety seers grew into Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Kerry J. Byrne Fox News, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2024 Even to a comic-book reader such as myself, Madame Web is something of an obscure character, a sort of human-arachnid seer who pops in and out of the action from time to time. David Sims, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 The light blue walls of Sadiq Ali’s living room are adorned with photos of Hindu seer Mahant Gyan Das. Shweta Desai, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Jan. 2024 On 16 April, two Hindu seers were lynched after a mob stopped their car and mistook them for Muslims. Parth M.n., WIRED, 23 Nov. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore Darnell Moore is a seer. Brea Baker, ELLE, 18 Aug. 2023 Yet of the three epigrams, only the third—for a monument to an individual, the seer Megistias—does Herodotus specifically associate with Simonides, who evidently commissioned the monument as the seer’s personal friend. A.e. Stallings, The New York Review of Books, 17 Aug. 2023 The animal remains were used in attempts to divine the future by seers who inscribed them with early versions of Chinese characters still used today. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seer was in the 14th century

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“Seer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈsi(ə)r How to pronounce seer (audio)
 especially for sense 1 also  ˈsē-ər
: someone or something that sees
: a person who foresees or foretells events

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