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[ri-tree-ver] /rɪˈtri vər/
a person or thing that retrieves.
one of any of several breeds of dogs having a coarse, thick, oily coat, trained to retrieve game.
any dog trained to retrieve game.
Origin of retriever
First recorded in 1480-90; retrieve + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Unless we happen to charter the retriever for a cargo to her home port, you know very well, Skinner, we may not see her for years.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • Have you ever seen a retriever dashing in play after a greyhound?

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Removed him from the forecastle to a spare room in the forward house, which on the retriever has always been used as a sick bay.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • A gamekeeper had a Newfoundland dog which he used as a retriever.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • He informed us, as retriever again swam away with the rope, that he feared his brother was much more exhausted than himself.

  • He went about somewhat like a retriever snuffing the air for game.

    The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne
  • A bell jangled in the bowels of the Sea Fox, her great screw churned the water and she shot out from the retriever.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for retriever


one of a breed of large gun dogs that can be trained to retrieve game See golden retriever, Labrador retriever, Chesapeake Bay retriever, curly-coated retriever, flat-coated retriever
any dog used to retrieve shot game
a person or thing that retrieves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for retriever

"dog used for retrieving game," late 15c., agent noun from retrieve.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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