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



    BrE BrE//ˈwɒriə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːriər//
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  1. 1(especially in the past) a person who fights in a battle or war a warrior nation (= whose people are skilled in fighting) a Zulu warrior
  2. 2(in compounds) (often disapproving) a person who leads or takes part in a campaign for a political or social cause, especially in an aggressive way that other people disapprove of These social justice warriors want to apply their politically correct standards and rules to others' speech. see also class warrior, culture warrior, eco-warrior, keyboard warrior, road warrior, weekend warrior
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Northern French werreior, variant of Old French guerreior, from guerreier ‘make war’, from guerre ‘war’.Extra examples He saved his fellow warrior. He views himself as a holy warrior. Paul was a weekend warrior in the first part of his career. the armchair warriors at the Department of Defense the graves of the fallen warriors the last of the ancient warriors A Viking warrior would be buried with his weapons: usually his spear, shield and battleaxe.
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