bowler

1 [boh-ler]
noun
1.
a person who bowls, especially a participant in a bowling game, as candlepins or tenpins.
2.
Cricket. the player who throws the ball to be played by the batsman.

Origin:
1490–1500; bowl2 + -er1

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bowler

2 [boh-ler]
noun Chiefly British.
derby ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1860–65; bowl1 + -er1

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bowler1 (ˈbəʊlə)
 
n
1.  one who bowls in cricket
2.  a player at the game of bowls

bowler2 (ˈbəʊlə)
 
n
US and Canadian name: derby a stiff felt hat with a rounded crown and narrow curved brim
 
[C19: named after John Bowler, 19th-century London hatter]

bowler3 (ˈbaʊlə)
 
n
dialect (Dublin) a dog
 
[perhaps from b(ow-wow) + (h)owler]

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bowler
"hard round hat," 1861, said to be from a J. Bowler, 19c. London hat manufacturer; but perhaps simply from bowl (q.v.); cf. O.E. heafodbolla "brainpan, skull."

bowler
"one who plays at bowls."
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Example sentences
He doesn't leave a derby hat in the hall, but a bowler.
Often a coach would stand at our side, holding the bowler's wrist, guiding the
  swing.
Get a purple plastic bowler with pink feathers, or don a shiny green cardboard
  top hat.
He is also perhaps the best bowler of any nation in the game's history.
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