[ mahy-ner ]
/ ˈmaɪ nər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. minecraft,
  2. minefield,
  3. minehunter,
  4. minelayer,
  5. mineola,
  6. miner's anemia,
  7. miner's dial,
  8. miner's inch,
  9. miner's lettuce,
  10. miner's lung

Origin of miner

1225–75; mine2 + -er1; replacing Middle English minour < Anglo-French (see -or2)

Can be confusedminer minor myna

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British Dictionary definitions for miner


/ (ˈmaɪnə) /


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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