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  1. a boxer; pugilist.
  2. Military. an aircraft designed to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft in the air and to protect bomber aircraft.
  3. a person who fights, struggles, resists, etc.
  4. a person with the will, courage, determination, ability, or disposition to fight, struggle, resist, etc.
  5. an animal, as a dog, trained to fight or having the disposition to fight.
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Origin of fighter

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fēohtere. See fight, -er1
Related formsnon·fight·er, noun
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  1. a person who fights, esp a professional boxer
  2. a person who has determination
  3. military an armed aircraft designed for destroying other aircraft
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Word Origin and History for fighter


Old English feohtere; agent noun from fight (v.). Cf. German Fechter. Meaning "fast military airplane used for combat" is from 1917.

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