April 17, 2017
- volunteer (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a person who offers to do a service
- How do you use it?
- The runners on the high school's boys' and girls' cross-county teams were among the volunteers at the Boston Marathon.
- Are you a word wiz?
When did the word "volunteer" first appear in English?The English word "volunteer" first appeared around 1600, and was from the obsolete French word "voluntaire." The French word was used of someone who volunteered for military service (as opposed to those who were required to serve in the military), and this is the earliest English meaning of "volunteer" as well. It was such a useful and popular word that it didn't take too long before "volunteer" was broadened to mean "a person who offers to do a service."