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[wawr-ee-er, wawr-yer, wor-ee-er, wor-yer] /ˈwɔr i ər, ˈwɔr yər, ˈwɒr i ər, ˈwɒr yər/
a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.
Origin of warrior
1250-1300; Middle English werreieor < Old North French, equivalent to werrei(er) to war1 + -eor -or2
Related forms
warriorlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for warriors
  • After a brief fight several hundred garrison warriors withdrew from the village.
  • Horses soon dramatically altered the state of war, with warriors adopting the animals as a vehicle for sudden attacks and raids.
  • Nowhere are warriors shown capturing, killing, or mistreating noncombatants.
  • The excavation of a cemetery more than a thousand years old has uncovered tombs of powerful warriors adorned in gold.
  • But it's the idealized image of the samurai as brave and noble warriors that has survived.
  • Discover the warriors with an artist's flair for gold.
  • It is no answer to cite the reputed valour of all the modern warriors who are so scientifically trained.
  • In the forests they made bows and arrows, and became huntsmen and warriors.
  • The weighted warriors then walked and ran on a treadmill while the research team measured their oxygen intake.
  • The main current trend in robotic devices is to produce artificial warriors.
British Dictionary definitions for warriors


  1. a person engaged in, experienced in, or devoted to war
  2. (as modifier): a warrior nation
Word Origin
C13: from Old Northern French werreieor, from werrewar
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Word Origin and History for warriors



c.1300, from Old North French werreieor (Old French guerreor) "a warrior, one who wages war," from werreier "wage war," from werre (see war (n.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for warriors


  1. Very odd; eccentric: warped sense of humor
  2. Intoxicated by drugs; bent

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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