noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Blood Origin, in the role of Éile, an elite warrior figure. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jodie Turner-Smith Makes a Striking First Appearance as Anne Boleyn," 11 Feb. 2021 Set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons used to live in harmony, the Disney animated adventure centers on lone warrior Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran), faced with the return of the dangerous, monstrous Druun. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Disney's 'Raya and the Last Dragon' trailer receives mixed reactions on social media," 28 Jan. 2021 Maeve was a queen, albeit the warrior queen, of Connacht in the western part of Ireland. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "‘Wolfwalkers’ wraps a story of a unique friendship around troubling Irish history," 25 Jan. 2021 However, after leaving and returning with his family around 9:15 p.m., the protests started all over again with the man, reportedly with a ninja warrior group. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Unlicensed juvenile driver avoids hitting one cruiser, then backs into another: Orange Police Blotter," 23 Jan. 2021 Ninety One Assault: This guy has won seven races on FG turf; a true warrior horse at age 8. NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Wednesday's Fair Grounds races," 13 Jan. 2021 Our drive and ambitions are blessed with a dose of endurance starting on Wednesday, when warrior Mars enters determined Taurus. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Weekly Horoscope Is Here," 4 Jan. 2021 Hawley describes Roosevelt as driven by a combination of warrior republicanism and crude racialism, which at times led him to adopt autocratic racial theories and dreams of imperial conquest. Zaid Jilani, Washington Examiner, "Man in the arena," 31 Dec. 2020 Achebe’s debut novel from 1958 tells the story of a successful warrior named Okonkwo, who tries to defend his tribe’s traditions after the arrival of Christian missionaries and British colonists. Samantha Power, Vulture, "Samantha Power’s 10 Favorite Books," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of warrior was in the 14th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Warrior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrior. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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