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[fawl-kuh-ner, fal-, faw-kuh-] /ˈfɔl kə nər, ˈfæl-, ˈfɔ kə-/
a person who hunts with falcons or follows the sport of hawking.
a person who trains hawks for hunting.
Origin of falconer
1350-1400; Middle English falkenar (< Medieval Latin falcōnārius), fauconer < Anglo-French; Old French fauconier < Medieval Latin; see falcon, -er2
Related forms
underfalconer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for falconer
  • And soon after was back stateside where became a licensed general falconer and venomous reptile keeper.
  • The straps round a hawk's legs, to which the falconer's leash was fastened.
  • The falconer's skills involve training his raptor to return to his gloved arm when called and training the bird to hunt.
  • If you are interested in becoming a falconer you must be prepared to provide for the day-to-day needs of one or more raptors.
British Dictionary definitions for falconer


/ˈfɔːlkənə; ˈfɔːkə-/
a person who breeds or trains hawks or who follows the sport of falconry
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Word Origin and History for falconer

late 14c., "one who hunts with falcons" (as a surname from late 12c.), from Old French fauconier (Modern French fauconnier), from faucon (see falcon). Meaning "one who keeps and trains hawks" is from early 15c.

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