Definition of "stringer" [string•er]

  • One that strings: a stringer of beads. (noun)
  • Architecture A long heavy horizontal timber used as a support or connector. (noun)
  • Architecture A stringboard. (noun)
  • A horizontal timber used to support upright posts. (noun)
  • Sports A member of a specified string or squad on a team. Often used in combination: a first-stringer; a second-stringer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stringer" in a sentence
  • "I believe the word stringer derived from the early practice of measuring column inches with a piece of string."
  • "Whether you can get away with that sort of attitude as the head critic of the New York TImes, as opposed to a mere stringer, is something I wouldn't know, though."
  • "Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego."