Definition of adventurer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ədˈventʃərə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈventʃərər//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) a person who enjoys exciting new experiences, especially going to unusual places He’s a romantic at heart, a born adventurer. The buildings are named after great sailors and adventurers like Drake and Nelson. The city was a natural meeting point for traders and adventurers travelling from East to West.
  2. 2(often disapproving) a person who is willing to take risks or act in a dishonest way in order to gain money or power
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting a gambler): from French aventurier, from aventurer ‘venture upon’, based on Latin adventurus ‘about to happen’, from advenire ‘arrive’, from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come’.
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