[ stree-mer ]
See synonyms for streamer on
  1. something that streams: streamers of flame.

  2. a long, narrow flag or pennant.

  1. a long, flowing ribbon, feather, or the like used for ornament, as in dress.

  2. any long, narrow piece or thing, as a spray of a plant or a strip of cloud.

  3. a stream of light, especially one appearing in some forms of the aurora borealis.

  4. Electricity. an electric discharge in a narrow stream from a point of high potential on a charged body.

  5. Astronomy. a long extension of the solar corona, several solar radii long.

  6. Journalism. banner (def. 7).

  7. a parachute that comes out of its packing in a long stream but does not expand.

  8. Digital Technology.

    • a person who accesses and consumes streaming media, as television shows, movies, or music albums, over the internet.

    • a person who publishes or transmits livestreaming media, with commentary or other additional content, on the internet.

Origin of streamer

First recorded in 1250–1300, streamer is from the Middle English word stremer.See stream, -er1

Words Nearby streamer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use streamer in a sentence

  • Digby was distinguished as leader by having a red and white ribbon added to the blue streamer at the end of his pole.

    Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Every rag of bunting, from the tiny streamer of the fishing-boat to the great flag of ships of war, droops against the mast.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • The Germans formerly fastened a streamer to a lance, which the duke carried in front of the army.

  • Hendricks stood watching a long time, until even the streamer had dissipated.

    Second Variety | Philip Kindred Dick
  • The wind did blow—the cloak did fly, like streamer long and gay; Till, loop and button failing both, at last it flew away.

British Dictionary definitions for streamer


/ (ˈstriːmə) /

  1. a long narrow flag or part of a flag

  2. a long narrow coiled ribbon of coloured paper that becomes unrolled when tossed

  1. a stream of light, esp one appearing in some forms of the aurora

  2. journalism a large heavy headline printed across the width of a page of a newspaper

  3. computing another word for tape streamer

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