noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\

Definition of warrior

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors

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Ron Nirenberg made his name as a council member by being a pit bull for process, a wonky warrior who insisted that the council adhere to transparency and listen to subject-matter experts before casting big votes. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Nirenberg disregards process with Broadway bike-lanes proposal," 11 Sep. 2019 Group spirit – that electric force field of emotion – infuses and binds warriors together. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "Call Sign Chaos" by Jim Mattis and Bing West," 31 Aug. 2019 In the comics, Dane’s ancestor is the original Black Knight: Sir Percy of Scandia, a Knight of the Round Table and Camelot’s greatest warrior. Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "Kit Harington Will Wield A Different Kind Of Sword For Marvel’s The Eternals," 24 Aug. 2019 Sleeping Ute Mountain Cortez Fifteen miles southwest of Cortez lies an elongated mountain that resembles a reclining Indian warrior with his headdress to the north, arms folded across his chest and toes tapering off to the south. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 Your protagonist can be augmented into a super-hacker, a master of energy weapons and old-fashioned firearms, or a psychic warrior with pyrokinetic power and invisibility cloaking. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "System Shock 2 helped define survival horror — but it’s still in a league of its own," 11 Aug. 2019 Over 300 warriors were hastily tried in military tribunals and condemned to death. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letter: Tragedy at Saint Andrew’s? No. Move on," 8 Aug. 2019 The game will help benefit Harry’s own Invictus Games for wounded warriors. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Says ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ as He Heads to London Series MLB Game," 21 June 2019 There was nothing much beyond local legend to suggest that this particular mound was the last resting place of the warrior queen. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Brexit Warnings to Be Found in Sheep Grazing in a London Park," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər\

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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