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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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  • "What did you expect—it is the twentieth century," Miss falconer retorted, putting aside her knitting as the tea things arrived.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley
  • There were no other guests, except a young lady, companion to Mrs. falconer.

  • The house of falconer, like the house of Seton in old days, was of prompt ire, and its sole daughter did it no discredit.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Colonel falconer was sent home to be tried by a court-martial.

  • He was going to congratulate Mr. falconer on his good fortune in winning the woman he himself loved.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • It appeared now as if the falconer family were doomed to be his ruin.

  • But falconer could be indifferent to much dislike, and therein I know some men that envy him.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • "Bring candles, Mrs. Ashton," falconer called from the door.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Almost as if he had heard her, falconer's lips quivered, and he murmured something.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • "I have had occasion to think a good deal about those things," said falconer.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for falconer


/ˈfɔːlkənə; ˈfɔːkə-/
a person who breeds or trains hawks or who follows the sport of falconry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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