boat·​er | \ ˈbō-tər How to pronounce boater (audio) \

Definition of boater

1 : one who travels in a boat
2 : a stiff hat usually made of braided straw with a brim, hatband, and flat crown

Examples of boater in a Sentence

a favorite spot for pleasure boaters

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But that’s exactly what Outer Banks boaters came upon while crossing the notoriously choppy waters of Oregon Inlet recently. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Boaters Shocked to Find Deer Swimming Across Dangerous Outer Banks Inlet," 10 June 2019 Fellow boaters also responded on the popular recreation area to assist., "1 dead, 1 missing in Lost Creek Lake boating incident," 10 June 2019 First-time boaters, take heart: Rental companies provide an orientation that includes a walk-through of your vessel and a demonstration of navigational procedures such as beaching, anchoring, water safety, courtesy and maneuvers. Jill K. Robinson,, "Renting a houseboat on Shasta Lake? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 Crews are searching for two missing boaters whose boat was overturned Saturday on Lake Norman. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Crews searching for two missing boaters in Lake Norman," 30 June 2018 As conditions turn spring-like in Wisconsin, more and more anglers and boaters have begun commissioning their watercraft for another year of use. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boat commissioning tips for the new year on the water," 30 Mar. 2018 Think gangs of roller-bladers on the paths, mad swimmers and chill boaters in the Serpentine Lake, rowdy protestors at Speaker’s Corner and kids aplenty riding horses and tipping their toes into the Diana Memorial Fountain. Ramsay Short, Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Things to Do in London," 3 Mar. 2018 Should the storm regenerate, rough seas can continue to plague swimmers and boaters along the Southeast coast, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Chris set to become hurricane off East Coast with life-threatening surf, rip currents," 10 July 2018 Municipal water suppliers and farmers temporarily stopped using the rivers, and some waterways were placed off-limits to anglers and boaters. Dan Elliott, The Christian Science Monitor, "EPA announces plan to clean up Colorado mines," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of boater

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of boater

: a person who travels in a boat
: a stiff straw hat that has a brim and a flat top

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