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
Recent Examples on the Web The missing boater is a man in his mid-40s wearing a blue shirt with gray shorts. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Kemah," 13 June 2020 The boaters – five adults and five children – were believed to be stranded somewhere near the back side of Pine Tree Country Club and across from the Grants Mill campus of Church of the Highlands. Carol Robinson |, al, "5 adults, 5 kids, 1 dog rescued Saturday night from sinking inflatable boat on Cahaba River," 2 May 2020 Tourism has rebounded to beyond its 2008 pre-bloom level but has changed from swimmers and beachgoers to birdwatchers and boaters, said Nick Rentz, president of the Lake Improvement Association. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "Several inland lakes in Ohio battling same algal blooms as in Lake Erie," 12 Apr. 2020 Straw fedoras, boaters, bowlers and Panama styles are popular fashion at the Kentucky Derby. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Your guide to Kentucky Derby 2020 trends: Where to find hats, sales and fashion inspiration," 27 Feb. 2020 In the hopes of stymying the spread of the virus, the local government has implemented a self-reporting health questionnaire, which boaters must fill out. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "Moored in a Fragile Paradise," 17 Apr. 2020 Civilian boaters recovered four people, all of whom did not need to be taken to a hospital. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Rescuers search for missing boater in Lake Houston," 12 Apr. 2020 Two boaters who disappeared in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis have been identified as the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her son. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Member of Kennedy family and her son identified as missing boaters," 3 Apr. 2020 Twice these avid boaters have completed the Great Loop, a roughly 6,000-mile journey by water that circumnavigates the eastern half of the U.S. and part of Canada. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "For These Intrepid Boaters, Life Is but a Great Loop," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of boater

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Boater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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