retriever

[ ri-tree-ver ]
/ rɪˈtri vər /

noun

a person or thing that retrieves.
one of any of several breeds of dogs having a coarse, thick, oily coat, trained to retrieve game.
any dog trained to retrieve game.

Nearby words

  1. retributive,
  2. retributivism,
  3. retrievable,
  4. retrieval,
  5. retrieve,
  6. retro,
  7. retro-,
  8. retro-operative,
  9. retroact,
  10. retroaction

Origin of retriever

First recorded in 1480–90; retrieve + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for retriever

retriever

/ (rɪˈtriːvə) /

noun

one of a breed of large gun dogs that can be trained to retrieve gameSee golden retriever, Labrador retriever, Chesapeake Bay retriever, curly-coated retriever, flat-coated retriever
any dog used to retrieve shot game
a person or thing that retrieves
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Word Origin and History for retriever

retriever

n.

"dog used for retrieving game," late 15c., agent noun from retrieve.

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