Meaning of “fortune hunter” in the English Dictionary

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"fortune hunter" in English

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fortune hunternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɔː.tʃuːn ˌhʌn.tər/ us /ˈfɔːr.tʃuːn ˌhʌn.t̬ɚ/ disapproving

Examples from literature

  • Should he allow her foolish fancy for a fortune hunter to divert her from the purpose he hoped she would one day cherish? 
  • The fortune hunter has discovered that he is on a false scent. 
  • Was she now to decline to the level of this fortune hunter, this crude young Westerner? 
  • You were a spoiled, capricious beauty when I met with you, and I, merely a fortune hunter. 

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