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fighter (n.)

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

updated on March 30, 2022

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Definitions of fighter from WordNet

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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