Definition of miner in English:


Syllabification: min·er
Pronunciation: /ˈmīnər


1A person who works in a mine.
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  • An explosion in an eastern Kentucky coal mine killed five miners yesterday while one other miner was able to get out alive.
  • The narrow mine shafts meant miners often had to work on their sides by candlelight.
  • Rescuers are frantically trying to reach more than 40 miners trapped in a coal mine that is filling fast with water.
digger, collier, gold panner
dated sourdough
1.1 historical A person who digs tunnels in order to destroy an enemy position with explosives.
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  • While working in tunnels, miners looked for listening tunnels and countermines of the defender.
  • As well as digging their own tunnels, the miners had to listen out for enemy tunnellers.
2An Australian bird of the honeyeater family, having a loud call and typically nesting colonially.
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  • Miners nest communally, laying their eggs in a nest made in the fork of a tree.
  • The Indian Myna is from the starling family, while the Australian miners are honeyeaters and grey in colour.
3A small South American bird of the ovenbird family that excavates a long burrow for breeding.
  • Genus Geositta, family Furnariidae: several species
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  • The rufous-banded miner is a neotropical ovenbird (Furnariidae) that is widespread in the southern Andes.
  • As their name suggests, miners make their nests in holes along creek banks or in burrows.
4 short for leaf miner.
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  • These miners live on the leaf and feed from these tissues.
  • It has been assumed that damage caused by these miners inhibits the plants overall ability to photosynthesize.


Middle English: from Old French minour, from miner 'to mine' (see mine2).

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