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archer

[ahr-cher] /ˈɑr tʃər/
noun
1.
a person who shoots with a bow and arrow; bowman.
2.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Sagittarius.
3.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French archier < Late Latin arcuārius, equivalent to arcu-, stem of arcus bow (see arc) + -ārius -ary

Archer

[ahr-cher] /ˈɑr tʃər/
noun
1.
William, 1856–1924, Scottish playwright, drama critic, and translator.
2.
a male given name.
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Examples for archers
  • archers score each end by summing the scores for their arrows.
  • The archers will shoot to a mark then shoot from that mark to another mark.
  • Historically, cavalry was divided into light and armoured cavalry and horse archers.
British Dictionary definitions for archers

archer

/ˈɑːtʃə/
noun
1.
a person skilled in the use of a bow and arrow
Word Origin
C13: from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcārius, from Latin arcus bow

Archer1

/ˈɑːtʃə/
noun
1.
the Archer, the constellation Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac

Archer2

/ˈɑːtʃə/
noun
1.
Frederick Scott. 1813–57, British inventor and sculptor. He developed (1851) the wet collodion photographic process, enabling multiple copies of pictures to be made
2.
Jeffrey (Howard), Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare. born 1940, British novelist and Conservative politician. He was an MP from 1969 until 1974. His novels include Kane and Abel (1979), Honour Among Thieves (1993), and The Fourth Estate (1996): from 2001 to 2003 he was imprisoned for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice
3.
William. 1856–1924, Scottish critic and dramatist: made the first English translations of Ibsen
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Word Origin and History for archers
archer
c.1300, from O.Fr. archier, from L. arcarius, from arcus "bow" (see arc). Also a 17c. name for the bishop in chess.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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archers in the Bible

a shooter with the bow (1 Chr. 10:3). This art was of high antiquity (Gen. 21:20; 27:3). Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers (1 Sam. 31:3). The phrase "breaking the bow" (Hos. 1:5; Jer. 49:35) is equivalent to taking away one's power, while "strengthening the bow" is a symbol of its increase (Gen. 49:24). The Persian archers were famous among the ancients (Isa. 13:18; Jer. 49:35; 50:9, 14, 29, 42. (See BOW ØT0000631).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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