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

 

deserter

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈzɜːtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɜːrtər//
 
The army, The navy
 
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a person who leaves the army, navy, etc. without permission (= deserts) He was convicted of hiding deserters. See related entries: The army, The navy Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from desert ‘ abandon’, on the pattern of French déserteur.Extra examples He was convicted of hiding deserters.
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