Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that seeks adventure.
  • n. A soldier of fortune.
  • n. A heavy speculator in stocks, business, or trade.
  • n. One that attempts to gain wealth and social position by unscrupulous means.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who adventures; as, the merchant adventurers; one who seeks his fortune in new and hazardous or perilous enterprises.
  • n. A soldier of fortune, a speculator.
  • n. A social pretender on the lookout for advancement; one who pushes his fortune by equivocal means, as false pretences.
  • n. A player of adventure games or text adventures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who adventures; ; one who seeks his fortune in new and hazardous or perilous enterprises.
  • n. A social pretender on the lookout for advancement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who engages in adventure; an undertaker of uncertain or hazardous actions or enterprises, as in travel, war, trade, speculation, etc.: as, the Young Adventurer, a title given to Prince Charles Edward Stuart on account of his leading the desperate insurrection of 1745.
  • n. In general, one who undertakes any great commercial risk or speculation; a speculator; in mining, a shareholder in or promoter of mines, particularly under the cost-book system. See cost-book.
  • n. In a bad sense, a seeker of fortune by underhand or equivocal means; a speculator upon the credulity or good nature of others; especially, one who ingratiates himself with society by false show or pretense in order to gain a surreptitious livelihood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who enjoys taking risks
  • n. someone who travels into little known regions (especially for some scientific purpose)

Etymologies

Compare French aventurier; adventure +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

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