Definitions of adventurer

n someone who travels into little known regions (especially for some scientific purpose)

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Roald Amundsen
Norwegian explorer who was the first to traverse the Northwest Passage and in 1911 the first to reach the South Pole (1872-1928)
Robert Abram Bartlett
United States explorer who accompanied Peary's expedition to the North Pole and who led many other Arctic trips (1875-1946)
Louis Antoine de Bougainville
French explorer who circumnavigated the globe accompanied by scientists (1729-1811)
Sir Richard Francis Burton
English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821-1890)
Richard Evelyn Byrd
explorer and United States naval officer; led expeditions to explore Antarctica (1888-1957)
Sebastian Cabot
son of John Cabot who was born in Italy and who led an English expedition in search of the Northwest Passage and a Spanish expedition that explored the La Plata region of Brazil; in 1544 he published a map of the world (1476-1557)
Samuel de Champlain
French explorer in Nova Scotia who established a settlement on the site of modern Quebec (1567-1635)
William Clark
United States explorer who (with Meriwether Lewis) led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River; Clark was responsible for making maps of the area (1770-1838)
Francisco Fernandez de Cordova
Spanish explorer who discovered Yucatan (1475-1526)
Jacques Yves Costeau
French underwater explorer (born in 1910)
Sir Matthew Flinders
British explorer who mapped the Australian coast (1774-1814)
John Charles Fremont
United States explorer who mapped much of the American west and Northwest (1813-1890)
Sir Martin Frobisher
English explorer who led an expedition in search of the Northwest Passage to the orient; served under Drake and helped defeat the Spanish Armada (1535-1594)
Charles Francis Hall
United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871)
Louis Jolliet
French explorer (with Jacques Marquette) of the upper Mississippi River valley (1645-1700)
Rene-Robert Cavelier
French explorer who claimed Louisiana for France (1643-1687)
Meriwether Lewis
United States explorer and soldier who lead led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River (1774-1809)
David Livingstone
Scottish missionary and explorer who discovered the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls (1813-1873)
Sir Alexander Mackenzie
Canadian explorer (born in England) who explored the Mackenzie River and who was first to cross North America by land north of Mexico (1764-1820)
Fridtjof Nansen
Norwegian explorer of the Arctic and director of the League of Nations relief program for refugees of World War I (1861-1930)
Mungo Park
Scottish explorer in Africa (1771-1806)
Robert Edwin Peary
United States Arctic explorer and United States naval officer who has been regarded as the first man to reach the North Pole (1856-1920)
Kund Johan Victor Rasmussen
Danish ethnologist and Arctic explorer; led expeditions into the Arctic to find support for his theory that Eskimos and North American Indians originally migrated from Asia (1879-1933)
Sir James Clark Ross
British explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic; located the north magnetic pole in 1831; discovered the Ross Sea in Antarctica; nephew of Sir John Ross (1800-1862)
Sir John Ross
Scottish explorer who led Arctic expeditions that yielded geographic discoveries while searching for the Northwest Passage (1777-1856)
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
United States geologist and ethnologist and explorer who discovered the source of the Mississippi River (1793-1864)
Robert Falcon Scott
English explorer who reached the South Pole just a month after Amundsen; he and his party died on the return journey (1868-1912)
Captain John Smith
English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631)
John Hanning Speke
English explorer who with Sir Richard Burton was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika; he also discovered Lake Victoria and named it (1827-1864)
Sir Henry Morton Stanley
Welsh journalist and explorer who led an expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone and found him in Tanzania in 1871; he and Livingstone together tried to find the source of the Nile River (1841-1904)
Otto Neumann Sverdrup
Norwegian explorer who led expeditions into the Arctic (1855-1930)
Sebastian Vizcaino
Spanish explorer who was the first European to explore the California coast (1550-1615)
Charles Wilkes
United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)
George Hubert Wilkins
Australian who was the first to explore the Arctic by airplane (1888-1958)
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Spanish explorer who in 1513 crossed the Isthmus of Darien and became the first European to see the eastern shores of the Pacific Ocean (1475-1519)
Vitus Behring
Danish explorer who explored the northern Pacific Ocean for the Russians and discovered the Bering Strait (1681-1741)
Giovanni Cabato
Italian explorer who led the English expedition in 1497 that discovered the mainland of North America and explored the coast from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland (ca. 1450-1498)
Jacques Cartier
French explorer who explored the St. Lawrence river and laid claim to the region for France (1491-1557)
Christopher Columbus
Italian navigator who discovered the New World in the service of Spain while looking for a route to China (1451-1506)
Captain James Cook
English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
Hernando Cortes
Spanish conquistador who defeated the Aztecs and conquered Mexico (1485-1547)
Vasco da Gamma
Portuguese navigator who led an expedition around the Cape of Good Hope in 1497; he sighted and named Natal on Christmas Day before crossing the Indian Ocean (1469-1524)
John Davis
English navigator who explored the Arctic while searching for the Northwest Passage (1550-1605)
Bartholomeu Dias
Portuguese explorer who in 1488 was the first European to get round the Cape of Good Hope (thus establishing a sea route from the Atlantic to Asia) (1450-1500)
Sir Francis Drake
English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
Sir Humphrey Gilbert
English navigator who in 1583 established in Newfoundland the first English colony in North America (1539-1583)
Robert Gray
American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)
Henry Hudson
English navigator who discovered the Hudson River; in 1610 he attempted to winter in Hudson Bay but his crew mutinied and set him adrift to die (1565-1611)
Ferdinand Magellan
Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain; he commanded an expedition that was the first to circumnavigate the world (1480-1521)
Francisco Pizarro
Spanish conquistador who conquered the Incas in what is now Peru and founded the city of Lima (1475-1541)
Abel Janszoon Tasman
Dutch navigator who was the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand (1603-1659)
George Vancouver
English navigator remembered for his exploration of the Pacific coast of North America (1757-1798)
Giovanni da Verrazzano
Florentine navigator who explored the eastern coast of North America (circa 1485-1528)
Americus Vespucius
Florentine navigator who explored the coast of South America; America was named in his honor (1454-1512)
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an adventurer (especially one who led the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century)
diver, frogman, underwater diver
someone who works underwater
in earlier times, a person who explored by ship
potholer, spelaeologist, speleologist, spelunker
a person who explores caves
deep-sea diver
a diver in the deeper parts of the sea
pearl diver, pearler
a diver who searches for molluscs containing pearls
scuba diver
an underwater diver who uses scuba gear
Juan Ponce de Leon, Ponce de Leon
Spanish explorer who accompanied Columbus on his second trip in 1493; in 1513 he discovered Florida while searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth (1460-1521)
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n a person who enjoys taking risks

Giovanni Jacopo Casanova de Seingalt
an Italian adventurer who wrote vivid accounts of his sexual encounters (1725-1798)
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary
New Zealand mountaineer who in 1953 first attained the summit of Mount Everest with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay (born in 1919)
Tenzing Norgay
Sherpa mountaineer guide who with Sir Edmund Hillary was one of the first to attain the summit of Mount Everest (1914-1986)
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someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
a woman adventurer
someone who is reckless or irresponsible (especially in driving vehicles)
daredevil, harum-scarum, hothead, lunatic, madcap, swashbuckler
a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
gambler, risk taker
someone who risks loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement
a rash or impetuous person
mercenary, soldier of fortune
a person hired to fight for another country than their own
mountain climber, mountaineer
someone who climbs mountains
plunger, speculator
someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains
a mountain climber who specializes in difficult climbs
someone who counterbalances one transaction (as a bet) against another in order to protect against loss
a member of the ninja who were trained in martial arts and hired for espionage or sabotage or assassinations; a person skilled in ninjutsu
a speculator who trades aggressively on stock or commodity markets
someone who buys something and resells it at a price far above the initial cost
a reckless and impetuous person
venture capitalist
a speculator who makes money available for innovative projects (especially in high technology)
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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