Also called mineworker. a person who works in a mine, especially a commercial mine producing coal or metallic ores.
a mechanical device used in mining: a miner for extracting ores from the ocean floor.
any of several Australian birds of the genus Manorina, feeding on honey and typically having a loud call.
any of various insect larvae that create tunnels in the parenchyma of leaves.
(formerly) a person who places or lays military or naval mines.

Origin of miner

1225–75; mine2 + -er1; replacing Middle English minour < Anglo-French (see -or2)
Can be confusedminer minor myna
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Related Words for miner

prospector, excavator, collier, sapper, dredger

Examples from the Web for miner

Contemporary Examples of miner

Historical Examples of miner

  • Honestly, I am glad to find you here at your work in your miner's clothes.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Not one has been found by a man of high education as a miner or geologist.

  • The moment it opened its mouth the miner sprang from his chair as if he had been shot.

  • The miner then went into the house and shut the door, leaving the monkey outside.

  • Every miner travelling with gold seemed to me a possible victim for my crime.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for miner



a person who works in a mine
Also called: continuous miner a large machine for the automatic extraction of minerals, esp coal, from a mine
any of various insects or insect larvae that bore into and feed on plant tissuesSee also leaf miner
Australian any of several honey-eaters of the genus Manorina, esp M. melanocephala (noisy miner), of scrub regionsSee noisy miner
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Word Origin and History for miner

late 13c., from Old French minour (13c.), from miner "to mine" (see mine (n.1)).

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