[ fahyn-der ]
See synonyms for: finderfinders on

  1. a person or thing that finds.

  2. Photography.

    • Also called viewfinder. a camera part or attachment enabling a photographer to determine what will be included in the picture.

  1. Astronomy. a small, wide-angled telescope attached to a larger one for locating objects to be studied.

  2. a person or firm that acts as agent in initiating a business transaction.

Origin of finder

First recorded in 1250–1300, finder is from the Middle English word findere.See find, -er1

Words Nearby finder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use finder in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for finder


/ (ˈfaɪndə) /

  1. a person or thing that finds

  2. physics a small low-power wide-angle telescope fitted to a more powerful larger telescope, used to locate celestial objects to be studied by the larger instrument

  1. photog short for viewfinder

  2. finders keepers informal whoever finds something has the right to keep it

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