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courser

1
[ kawr-ser, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr- /
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noun
a person or thing that courses; hunter.
a dog for coursing.
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Origin of courser

1
First recorded in 1585–95; course + -er1

Other definitions for courser (2 of 3)

courser2
[ kawr-ser, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr- /

noun Literary.
a swift horse.

Origin of courser

2
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English courser, coursier, courcer, from Old French coursier, cursier, corsier, from unattested Vulgar Latin cursārius, equivalent to Latin curs(us) “running, race” + -ārius suffix forming adjectives and nouns; see origin at course, -ary; see also -er2

Other definitions for courser (3 of 3)

courser3
[ kawr-ser, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr sər, ˈkoʊr- /

noun
any of several swift-footed, ploverlike birds of the genera Cursorius and Pluvianus, chiefly of the desert regions of Asia and Africa.

Origin of courser

3
First recorded in 1800–10; irregularly formed from New Latin cursōrius “fitted for running,” equivalent to Latin cur(rere) “to run” + -sōrius, for -tōrius -tory1; cf. course
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How to use courser in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for courser (1 of 3)

courser1
/ (ˈkɔːsə) /

noun
a person who courses hounds or dogs, esp greyhounds
a hound or dog trained for coursing

British Dictionary definitions for courser (2 of 3)

courser2
/ (ˈkɔːsə) /

noun
literary a swift horse; steed

Word Origin for courser

C13: from Old French coursier, from cours course

British Dictionary definitions for courser (3 of 3)

courser3
/ (ˈkɔːsə) /

noun
a terrestrial plover-like shore bird, such as Cursorius cursor (cream-coloured courser), of the subfamily Cursoriinae of desert and semidesert regions of the Old World: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes

Word Origin for courser

C18: from Latin cursōrius suited for running, from cursus course
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