AskDefine | Define archer

Dictionary Definition



1 a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow [syn: bowman]
2 (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Sagittarius [syn: Sagittarius]
3 the ninth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about November 22 to December 21 [syn: Sagittarius, Sagittarius the Archer]

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from etyl enm, from etyl fro archier, from arcarius, alteration of arcuarius, from etyl la arcus



  1. One who shoots an arrow from a bow or a bolt from a crossbow.

Derived terms


one who shoots and arrow from a bow or a bolt from a crossbow


  1. comparative of arch



From arche, a variant of arc


  • /aʀʃe/|lang=fr


  1. archer

Extensive Definition

An archer is someone who practices archery. Examples of archers can be found at the List of archers article. They were used in ancient and medieval times as part of armies. An archer was equipped with a bow and arrows which they used for long range battles.
Archer can also refer to:

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Fictional characters

  • Cate Archer, the main character in No One Lives Forever, a computer game
  • Frank Archer, a soldier in the Fullmetal Alchemist anime
  • Jonathan Archer, the captain in the television show Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Lew Archer, a private detective in series of novels by Ross MacDonald (named in honor of the The Maltese Falcon character)
  • Newland Archer, a character in Edith Wharton's 1920 novel, The Age of Innocence
  • Sean Archer, a character portrayed by John Travolta/Nicolas Cage in the movie Face/Off
  • Archer (comics), an X-Factor character in Marvel Comics
  • Archer (Fate/stay night), a character from the Fate/stay night anime
  • The Archers, the family at the centre of the eponymous BBC radio soap opera about rural life in England
  • Arash, Arash (and variants) is a heroic archer-figure of Iranian oral tradition and folklore(Shahnameh).


  • Archer (tank destroyer), the British tank destroyer
  • HMS Archer, name of seven ships of the Royal Navy
  • HMAS Archer, name of a ship of the Royal Australian Navy
  • AA-11 Archer, NATO reporting name of the Vympel R-73 air-to-air missile
  • Project ARCHER (ARCHER Artillery System), an international partnership to develop the next generation self-propelled artillery system for Sweden and Denmark
  • Operation Archer, Canadian Forces supporting the ISAF and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan


Other uses

archer in German: Archer
archer in French: Archer (homonymie)
archer in Hebrew: קשת (מקצוע)
archer in Japanese: アーチャー
archer in Norwegian: Archer
archer in Polish: Archer (ujednoznacznienie)
archer in Portuguese: Archer
archer in Russian: Арчер
archer in Simple English: Archer
archer in Slovenian: Archer
archer in Volapük: Archer

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