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[ad-ven-cher-er] /ædˈvɛn tʃər ər/
a person who has, enjoys, or seeks adventures.
a seeker of fortune in daring enterprises; soldier of fortune.
a person who undertakes great commercial risk; speculator.
a person who seeks power, wealth, or social rank by unscrupulous or questionable means:
They thought John was an adventurer and after their daughter's money.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of Camp Fire, Inc., who is between the ages of 9 and 11.
1475-85; adventure + -er1 Unabridged
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  • It pictured a universe in which humanity plays the role of perpetual adventurer.
  • But he was an invalid with the spirit of a robust adventurer.
  • The enchantments of barren shingle and rough weather transformed every adventurer into a laborer.
  • He knew or could get to every mercenary, adventurer, or promoter who had ever cast a shadow on that continent.
  • The adventurer's rewards today are more personal but no less considerable.
  • One possibility-which any human climber, diver, or adventurer could confirm-is that extra gear simply slows them down.
  • He hires a venal adventurer to seek out the people who still remember the truth-and then has them systematically killed.
  • Many an adventurer has kayaked the shallow back-country waters or fished elusive bonefish on the flats.
  • It is an adventurer's dream, with such activities as dogsled riding and skiing.
  • Today, it is the majestic redwoods, the crystal-blue lakes and snow-capped mountains that call to the modern adventurer.
British Dictionary definitions for adventurer


a person who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits
a person who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means
a speculator
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adventurer

late 15c., "one who plays at games of chance," agent noun from adventure (v.). Meaning "one who seeks adventures" is from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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