archer

[ ahr-cher ]
/ ˈɑr tʃər /

noun

a person who shoots with a bow and arrow; bowman.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Sagittarius.

Origin of archer

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French archier < Late Latin arcuārius, equivalent to arcu-, stem of arcus bow (see arc) + -ārius -ary

Definition for archer (2 of 3)

Archer

[ ahr-cher ]
/ ˈɑr tʃər /

noun

William,1856–1924, Scottish playwright, drama critic, and translator.
a male given name.

Definition for archer (3 of 3)

arch

2
[ ahrch ]
/ ɑrtʃ /

adjective

playfully roguish or mischievous: an arch smile.
cunning; crafty; sly.

noun

Obsolete. a person who is preeminent; a chief.

Origin of arch

2
independent use of arch-1
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British Dictionary definitions for archer (1 of 5)

archer

/ (ˈɑːtʃə) /

noun

a person skilled in the use of a bow and arrow

Word Origin for archer

C13: from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcārius, from Latin arcus bow

British Dictionary definitions for archer (2 of 5)

Archer

1
/ (ˈɑːtʃə) /

noun

the Archer the constellation Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac

British Dictionary definitions for archer (3 of 5)

Archer

2
/ (ˈɑːtʃə) /

noun

Frederick Scott. 1813–57, British inventor and sculptor. He developed (1851) the wet collodion photographic process, enabling multiple copies of pictures to be made
Jeffrey (Howard), Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare. born 1940, British novelist and Conservative politician. He was an MP from 1969 until 1974. His novels include Kane and Abel (1979), Honour Among Thieves (1993), and The Fourth Estate (1996): from 2001 to 2003 he was imprisoned for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice
William. 1856–1924, Scottish critic and dramatist: made the first English translations of Ibsen

British Dictionary definitions for archer (4 of 5)

arch

1
/ (ɑːtʃ) /

noun

a curved structure, normally in the vertical plane, that spans an opening
Also called: archway a structure in the form of an arch that serves as a gateway
something curved like an arch
  1. any of various parts or structures of the body having a curved or archlike outline, such as the transverse portion of the aorta (arch of the aorta) or the raised bony vault formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones (arch of the foot)
  2. one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several curved ridges one above the otherCompare loop 1 (def. 10a), whorl (def. 3)

verb

Word Origin for arch

C14: from Old French arche, from Vulgar Latin arca (unattested), from Latin arcus bow, arc

British Dictionary definitions for archer (5 of 5)

arch

2
/ (ɑːtʃ) /

adjective

(prenominal) chief; principal; leadinghis arch rival
(prenominal) very experienced; expertan arch criminal
knowing or superior
playfully or affectedly roguish or mischievous
Derived Formsarchly, adverbarchness, noun

Word Origin for arch

C16: independent use of arch-
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Medicine definitions for archer

arch

[ ärch ]

n.

An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.
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Culture definitions for archer

arch


In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.

Note

The form of arch used in building often serves to distinguish styles of architecture from one another. For example, Romanesque architecture usually employs a round arch, and Gothic architecture, a pointed arch.
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