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  1. a person who has, enjoys, or seeks adventures.
  2. a seeker of fortune in daring enterprises; soldier of fortune.
  3. a person who undertakes great commercial risk; speculator.
  4. a person who seeks power, wealth, or social rank by unscrupulous or questionable means: They thought John was an adventurer and after their daughter's money.
  5. (usually initial capital letter) a member of Camp Fire, Inc., who is between the ages of 9 and 11.

Origin of adventurer

First recorded in 1475–85; adventure + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of adventurer

  • To the adventurer from New York they seem always new and crude.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The Scotch officer admired his sagacity in detecting this adventurer.

  • Deliberately it came up and aimed at the crown of the adventurer's helmet.

    The Bluff of the Hawk

    Anthony Gilmore

  • The adventurer forward, though nearest to the enemy, was least exposed.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • At this the adventurer's face tightened; his gray eyes went frosty.

    The Bluff of the Hawk

    Anthony Gilmore

British Dictionary definitions for adventurer


  1. a person who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits
  2. a person who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means
  3. a speculator
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for adventurer

late 15c., "one who plays at games of chance," agent noun from adventure (v.). Meaning "one who seeks adventures" is from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper