Etymology
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fighter (n.)

Old English feohtere; agent noun from fight (v.). Compare Dutch vechter, German Fechter. Old English also had feohtling in this sense. Meaning "fast military airplane used for combat" is from 1917.

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Definitions of fighter

fighter (n.)
someone who fights (or is fighting);
Synonyms: combatant / battler / belligerent / scrapper
fighter (n.)
a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air;
Synonyms: fighter aircraft / attack aircraft
fighter (n.)
someone who fights for a cause;
Synonyms: champion / hero / paladin
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