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Origin of archery

1350–1400; Middle English archerye < Middle French archerie, equivalent to arch(i)er archer + -ie -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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