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warrior

[wawr-ee-er, wawr-yer, wor-ee-er, wor-yer]
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noun
  1. a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
  2. 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 formswar·ri·or·like, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Nor had I ever before seen a soldier who seemed to my boyish eyes so like what a warrior should be.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Just then a warrior forced his way into the exasperated crowd.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The sight of a coward's blood can never make a warrior tremble.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Not so; a warrior known to the Yengeese, and feared by the Maquas.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The Manitou had need of such a warrior, and He has called him away.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for warrior

warrior

noun
    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 werre war
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Word Origin and History for warrior

n.

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper