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a person who hopes to prosper, especially through marriage to someone of wealth.
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Origin of fortune hunter
First recorded in 1680–90
OTHER WORDS FROM fortune hunterfortune-hunting, adjective, noun
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How to use fortune hunter in a sentence
Oh, I am not the first fortune hunter who has found a skull or serpent where he had hoped to find gold!A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral|John Dunloe Carteret
In that case, sir, you must not be surprised to find yourself regarded by the young lady's father as a fortune hunter.You Never Can Tell|George Bernard Shaw
She was poor; she had nothing then to tempt a fortune hunter, and thank Heaven I can say I was never that.The Imaginary Marriage|Henry St. John Cooper
He set Forbes down as a fortune-hunter willing to marry a much older woman of moderate means.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
It is so easy to love Lucy, for Lucy's sake, that even a fortune-hunter would be in danger of being caught in his own trap.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for fortune hunter
a person who seeks to secure a fortune, esp through marriage
Derived forms of fortune-hunterfortune-hunting, adjective, noun
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