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  1. any animal that catches fish for food.
  2. a fisherman.
  3. a dark-brown or blackish marten, Martes pennanti, of northern North America.
  4. the fur of this animal.
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Origin of fisher

before 900; Middle English fisscher fisherman, Old English fiscere. See fish, -er1


  1. Andrew,1862–1928, Australian statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister 1908–09, 1910–13, 1914–15.
  2. Dorothy Can·field [kan-feeld] /ˈkænˌfild/, Dorothea Frances Canfield Fisher, 1879–1958, U.S. novelist.
  3. Irving,1867–1947, U.S. political economist.
  4. Saint JohnJohn of Rochester, c1469–1535, English Roman Catholic prelate and humanist: executed for treason.
  5. John Arbuthnot, 1st Baron Fisher of Kil·ver·stone [kil-ver-stuh n] /ˈkɪl vər stən/, 1841–1920, British admiral.
  6. M(ary) F(rances) K(ennedy),1908–92, U.S. culinary author.
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  1. a person who fishes; fisherman
  2. Also called: pekan
    1. a large North American marten, Martes pennanti, having thick dark brown fur
    2. the fur of this animal
  3. fisher of men an evangelist
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  1. Andrew . 1862–1928, Australian statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of Australia (1908–09; 1910–13; 1914–15)
  2. Saint John . ?1469–1535, English prelate and scholar: executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as supreme head of the church. Feast day: June 22
  3. John Arbuthnot 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone. 1841–1920, British admiral; First Sea Lord (1904–10; 1914–15); introduced the dreadnought
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Word Origin and History for fisher


Old English fiscere, agent noun from fish (v.). It began to be used of certain animals, hence perhaps the rise of the formation fisherman (1520s).

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