Definition of archer in English:



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

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