Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who is engaged in or experienced in battle.
  • noun One who is engaged aggressively or energetically in an activity, cause, or conflict.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A soldier; a man engaged in warfare; specifically, one devoted to a military life; in an especially honorable sense, a brave or veteran soldier.
  • noun A humming-bird of the genus Oxypogon. Also called helmet-crest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A man engaged or experienced in war, or in the military life; a soldier; a champion.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a reddish ant (Formica sanguinea) native of Europe and America. It is one of the species which move in armies to capture and enslave other ants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who is actively engaged in battle, conflict or warfare; a soldier or combatant.
  • noun figuratively A person who is aggressively, courageously, or energetically involved in an activity, such as athletics.

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

  • noun someone engaged in or experienced in warfare

Etymologies

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

[Middle English werreour, from Old North French werreieur, from werreier, to make war, from werre, war; see war.]

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