Meaning of “fighter” in the English Dictionary

"fighter" in British English

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fighternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaɪ.tər/ us /ˈfaɪ.t̬ɚ/

fighter noun [ C ] (PERSON)

someone who fights:

She's a fighter (= she tries hard and will not easily give up).

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  • He had a reputation as a fearless fighter.
  • The fighter had a strong, sinewy body.
  • Government forces were pinned down by resistance fighters 30 miles north of the capital.
  • Both fighters were exhausted by the final round.
  • The fighters had to be separated by the referee.

fighter noun [ C ] (AIRCRAFT)

a small, fast military aircraft used for chasing and destroying enemy aircraft:

a fighter plane/aircraft
a fighter pilot

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  • The circuitry in this fighter aircraft has been protected against strong magnetic fields.
  • A fighter plane flew over.
  • The film stars Mark Burgess-Ashton as the gung-ho young fighter pilot.
  • The supersonic fighter plane was shot down by a missile.
  • The fighters are equipped with the latest radar technology.

(Definition of “fighter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fighter" in American English

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fighternoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɑɪ·t̬ər/

someone who is willing to argue for and put effort into what he or she believes:

She proved herself to be a real fighter.
Ali was the greatest fighter (= boxer) of all time.

A fighter is also a small, fast military aircraft.

(Definition of “fighter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)