[wawr-ee-er, wawr-yer, wor-ee-er, wor-yer]
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.

1250–1300; Middle English werreieor < Old North French, equivalent to werrei(er) to war1 + -eor -or2

warriorlike, adjective
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warrior (ˈwɒrɪə)
a.  a person engaged in, experienced in, or devoted to war
 b.  (as modifier): a warrior nation
[C13: from Old Northern French werreieor, from werrewar]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.N.Fr. werreieor (O.Fr. guerreor) "a warrior, one who wages war," from werreier "wage war," from werre (see war).
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Example sentences
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.
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