If you enjoy shooting arrows at a target with a bow, you can call yourself an archer. Some archers compete in the Olympics.

In ancient times, archers primarily used their bows and arrows to hunt for food or battle against enemies. There were also famous archers in mythology, including Artemis and Apollo in ancient Greece and Diana and Cupid in ancient Rome. Archer was an Anglo-French word first, from the Old French archier, "archer" or "bowmaker," from the Latin arcus, or "bow."

Definitions of archer

n a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow

William Tell
a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)
a medieval English archer who used a longbow
Type of:
expert, pundit
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

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