Definition of archer in English:



  • 1A person who shoots with a bow and arrows, especially at a target as a sport.

    • ‘The English troops, mainly archers and foot soldiers, dug in behind wooden stakes between thickly wooded ground.’
    • ‘The Stoics use the analogy of the archer shooting at a target to explain this notion.’
    • ‘At Falkirk, in more open ground than at Stirling, the English knights and archers were devastating.’
    • ‘Athena, disguised like a Trojan, finds the archer Pandarus to shoot an arrow at Menelaus.’
    • ‘They rode through the wall and into the city flanked by cavalry and archers and soldiers on foot.’
    • ‘An experienced archer could fire an arrow every five seconds.’
    • ‘All young men in medieval villages were expected to practice archery so there were many skilled archers to be found.’
    • ‘But did the Neolithic arrowhead mean that they had found a prehistoric archer?’
    • ‘Once an archer downed a target, he nocked an arrow while relocating to another firing site.’
    • ‘The size of the bow and the length of the arrow depend entirely upon the size of the archer.’
    • ‘If an archer shoots their arrow into the wrong target face, that arrow will not score any points.’
    • ‘Massed ranks of archers would aim their arrows high, to achieve a large range, without particularly careful aiming.’
    • ‘Some archers allow the arrow to rest on the top of their forefinger, some prefer the rest.’
    • ‘It is very important that the arrows are ‘matched’ to the archer and their bow.’
    • ‘In the fourteenth century Edward III incorporated mounted archers using the native longbow into his army.’
    • ‘Each section was divided into three rows - the archers, the infantry and the cavalry.’
    • ‘Many handbow archers use sights, and latches with triggers called mechanical releases.’
    • ‘To get the most from bow tuning the archer's shooting style must be consistent.’
    • ‘He prepared special archers and cavalry forces for the battles with the invaders.’
    • ‘A novice archer would also bow to the target after the first hit of the day, while advanced archers would not.’
    1. 1.1the Archer The zodiacal sign or constellation Sagittarius.


Middle English: from Old French archier, based on Latin arcus ‘bow’.