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seer1

[see-er for 1; seer for 2–4]
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noun
  1. a person who sees; observer.
  2. a person who prophesies future events; prophet: Industry seers predicted higher profits.
  3. a person endowed with profound moral and spiritual insight or knowledge; a wise person or sage who possesses intuitive powers.
  4. a person who is reputed to have special powers of divination, as a crystal gazer or palmist.

Origin of seer1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at see1, -er1

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2. oracle, soothsayer, augur.

seer2

[seer, sair]
noun
  1. ser.

Origin of seer2

First recorded in 1610–20

ser

or seer

[seer, sair]
noun
  1. a unit of weight in India, varying in value but usually 1/40 of a maund: the government ser is divided into 80 tolas of 180 English grains and equals nearly 2 pounds 1 ounce avoirdupois (950 grams).

Origin of ser

Borrowed into English from Hindi around 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for seer

seer1

noun
  1. a person who can supposedly see into the future; prophet
  2. a person who professes supernatural powers
  3. a person who sees
Derived Formsseeress, fem n

seer2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of ser

ser

seer

noun
  1. a unit of weight used in India, usually taken as one fortieth of a maund

Word Origin

from Hindi
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Word Origin and History for seer

n.

late 14c., "one to whom divine revelations are made," agent noun from see (v.). Originally rendering Latin videns, Greek bleptor (from Hebrew roeh) in Bible translations (e.g. I Kings ix:9). Literal sense of "one who sees" is attested from early 15c.

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seer in Medicine

Ser

abbr.
  1. serine
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