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

Essential Meaning of warrior

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

Full Definition of warrior

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

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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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Warrior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrior. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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