a boxer; pugilist.
Military. an aircraft designed to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft in the air and to protect bomber aircraft.
a person who fights, struggles, resists, etc.
a person with the will, courage, determination, ability, or disposition to fight, struggle, resist, etc.
an animal, as a dog, trained to fight or having the disposition to fight.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fēohtere. See fight, -er1

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fighter (ˈfaɪtə)
1.  a person who fights, esp a professional boxer
2.  a person who has determination
3.  military an armed aircraft designed for destroying other aircraft

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Word Origin & History

O.E. feohtere; see fight. Meaning "fast military airplane used for combat" is from 1917.
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Example sentences
To fishermen, the chinook is known as a fighter, and likewise its advocates
  won't let the fish die out without a struggle.
Over the decades, the video displays that everyone from fighter pilots to the
  general public use have grown increasingly complex.
And honey's been mixed into contemporary medicine as well, as a bacteria
Undercover agents arrest a suspected rooster fighter while in possession of
  contraband birds.
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