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  1. the art, practice, or skill of an archer.
  2. archers collectively, as in an army.
  3. the equipment of an archer, as bows and arrows.
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Origin of archery

1350–1400; Middle English archerye < Middle French archerie, equivalent to arch(i)er archer + -ie -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for archery


  1. the art or sport of shooting with bows and arrows
  2. archers or their weapons collectively
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Word Origin and History for archery


c.1400, from Anglo-French archerye, Old French archerie, from archier "archer" (see archer).

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