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charger1

[chahr-jer]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that charges.
  2. a horse of a kind suitable to be ridden in battle.
  3. Electricity. an apparatus that charges storage batteries.

Origin of charger1

First recorded in 1475–85; charge + -er1

charger2

[chahr-jer]
noun
  1. a platter.
  2. a large, shallow dish for liquids.

Origin of charger2

First recorded in 1275–1325, charger is from the Middle English word chargeour. See charge, -or2
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Examples from the Web for charger

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Historical Examples

  • Allen was mounted on the major's charger, and was ordered to swim the river.

  • The man told us of a charger which one of the officers in the garrison was trying to get rid of.

  • As they brought forward my charger, I sought with my eyes Madonna Paola.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • So he put on the whole accoutrement, mounted his charger, and galloped to the front.

    Cyropaedia

    Xenophon

  • One of his squires leapt down and set Cyrus on his own charger.

    Cyropaedia

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for charger

charger1

noun
  1. a person or thing that charges
  2. a large strong horse formerly ridden into battle
  3. a device for charging or recharging an accumulator or rechargeable battery

charger2

noun
  1. antiques a large dish for serving at table or for display

Word Origin

C14 chargeour something to bear a load, from chargen to charge
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Word Origin and History for charger

n.

late 15c., "one who loads," agent noun from charge (v.). Meaning "horse ridden in charging" is from 1762.

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