[wawr-ee-er, wawr-yer, wor-ee-er, wor-yer]


a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.

Nearby words

  1. warrensburg,
  2. warrensville heights,
  3. warrigal,
  4. warring,
  5. warrington,
  6. warrior gene,
  7. warrty.,
  8. warry,
  9. wars of the roses,
  10. warsaw

Origin of warrior

1250–1300; Middle English werreieor < Old North French, equivalent to werrei(er) to war1 + -eor -or2

Related formswar·ri·or·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for warrior



  1. a person engaged in, experienced in, or devoted to war
  2. (as modifier)a warrior nation

Word Origin for warrior

C13: from Old Northern French werreieor, from werre war

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Word Origin and History for warrior



c.1300, from Old North French werreieor (Old French guerreor) "a warrior, one who wages war," from werreier "wage war," from werre (see war (n.)).

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