a person who has, enjoys, or seeks .
a seeker of fortune in daring enterprises; soldier of fortune.
a person who undertakes great commercial risk; speculator.
a person who seeks power, wealth, or social rank by unscrupulous or questionable means:
They thought John was an adventurer and after their daughter’s money.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of Camp Fire, Inc., who is between the ages of 9 and 11.
Contemporary Examples

He was an adventurer and thrill seeker, but also an ardent radical socialist.
This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013 Thomas Flynn, Jimmy So September 29, 2013

A point you make in the book: In the Amazon, it turns out that there is almost nothing for an adventurer to eat.
Raiders of the Lost City The Daily Beast February 23, 2009

I want to be able to, at any point, go to the movies or out to dinner or fly to Vancouver (I know, I’m an adventurer).
Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories Harry Siegel February 26, 2013

adventurer journalist Robert Young Pelton is crowdfunding a trip to find African warlord Joseph Kony.
Robert Young Pelton on His Expedition To Find Joseph Kony Amanda Sperber November 15, 2013

Here, adventurer TV personality and chief Scout Bear Grylls offers his best Scout’s Honour.
Scout’s Honour Tom Sykes April 29, 2012

Historical Examples

Not an adventurer or escroc in Europe could compare with him in elusiveness.
The Minister of Evil William Le Queux

Deliberately it came up and aimed at the crown of the adventurer’s helmet.
The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore

When he reached the adventurer, the latter rose, bowed respectfully, and assisted him to dismount.
Stronghand Gustave Aimard

It spread into a roar of acclamation; for bluff is a weapon dear to every adventurer.
Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini

This needy Genoese vested with the viceroyalty of a new world was more of an adventurer than any.
Christopher Columbus and How He Received and Imparted the Spirit of Discovery Justin Winsor

a person who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits
a person who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means
a speculator

late 15c., “one who plays at games of chance,” agent noun from adventure (v.). Meaning “one who seeks adventures” is from 1660s.


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