Definition of archer in English:


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  • 1A person who shoots with a bow and arrows, especially at a target for sport.

    ‘If an archer shoots their arrow into the wrong target face, that arrow will not score any points.’
    • ‘Massed ranks of archers would aim their arrows high, to achieve a large range, without particularly careful aiming.’
    • ‘Some archers allow the arrow to rest on the top of their forefinger, some prefer the rest.’
    • ‘An experienced archer could fire an arrow every five seconds.’
    • ‘The Stoics use the analogy of the archer shooting at a target to explain this notion.’
    • ‘The English troops, mainly archers and foot soldiers, dug in behind wooden stakes between thickly wooded ground.’
    • ‘To get the most from bow tuning the archer's shooting style must be consistent.’
    • ‘Each section was divided into three rows - the archers, the infantry and the cavalry.’
    • ‘Once an archer downed a target, he nocked an arrow while relocating to another firing site.’
    • ‘In the fourteenth century Edward III incorporated mounted archers using the native longbow into his army.’
    • ‘At Falkirk, in more open ground than at Stirling, the English knights and archers were devastating.’
    • ‘Athena, disguised like a Trojan, finds the archer Pandarus to shoot an arrow at Menelaus.’
    • ‘They rode through the wall and into the city flanked by cavalry and archers and soldiers on foot.’
    • ‘All young men in medieval villages were expected to practice archery so there were many skilled archers to be found.’
    • ‘It is very important that the arrows are ‘matched’ to the archer and their bow.’
    • ‘The size of the bow and the length of the arrow depend entirely upon the size of the archer.’
    • ‘A novice archer would also bow to the target after the first hit of the day, while advanced archers would not.’
    • ‘But did the Neolithic arrowhead mean that they had found a prehistoric archer?’
    • ‘He prepared special archers and cavalry forces for the battles with the invaders.’
    • ‘Many handbow archers use sights, and latches with triggers called mechanical releases.’
    1. 1.1the ArcherThe zodiacal sign or constellation Sagittarius.



/ˈärCHər/ /ˈɑrtʃər/


Middle English from Old French archier, based on Latin arcus ‘bow’.