Definition of archery in English:



  • [mass noun] Shooting with a bow and arrows, especially at a target as a sport.

    • ‘All young men in medieval villages were expected to practice archery so there were many skilled archers to be found.’
    • ‘Often she would go riding, or practise her archery and fencing, all of which she was extremely skilled at.’
    • ‘Live theatre, games, dancing, arts and crafts and archery, bring to life the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘They say children watch wrestling on television instead of playing traditional sports such as archery.’
    • ‘All dangerous sports were banned but archery was seen as essential to maintaining the country's military strength.’
    • ‘They are used to stop the hands and body shaking while competing in sports such as shooting and archery.’
    • ‘Try your hand at coin-striking, archery or even crossbow firing and watch as the soldiers round up new recruits.’
    • ‘Sportsmen and women took part in a total of 10 sports which ranged from archery to snooker and rifle shooting to swimming.’
    • ‘The form of combat which Simeon prefers is archery, where the arrows have no sharp end, but a rubber stopper.’
    • ‘He was useless with a sword, missed his targets in archery, fell off his horse as soon as he got on, and in general hated fighting.’
    • ‘A huge range of activities are on offer from horse riding to archery to golf to keep people entertained.’
    • ‘She was practicing archery, and had totally missed the target and was yelling at it.’
    • ‘Renee got hooked on the sport after trying archery during a camping holiday to France with her husband, Ian.’
    • ‘They have witnessed many Olympic events, including basketball, cycling, football and archery.’
    • ‘Helen joins in a game of archery with a group of enthusiastic children.’
    • ‘There's lots to choose from: tennis, football, golf, archery, riding, canoeing.’
    • ‘They can have a go at ringo rides, high rope courses, rock climbing, orienteering and archery.’
    • ‘The activities covered everything from archery to water sports and rock climbing.’
    • ‘It is quite obvious that to improve in archery we need to practice and improve our power of concentration.’
    • ‘Thompson is a sports freak, with archery, cricket and scuba diving among his passions.’


Late Middle English: from Old French archerie, from archier (see archer).