boat·​er | \ˈbō-tər \

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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The traditional start of Wisconsin's boating season used to be a prime period for wardens to visit local lakes, check for compliance with fishing regulations, look for drunk boaters and help keep the waters safe, Hoskins said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 Batavia is installing signs and lights to warn boaters and fishermen of dangers at the Fox River dam. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Batavia to add signs, lights to warn about dangers at Fox River dam," 21 June 2018 From the get-go, there was a parallel world of decorum bordering on formality, as seen in Chase's paintings of women walking across the dunes in long white dresses and men sporting straw boaters and bowties. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "High Society Photographer Bert Morgan Chronicled the Hamptons' Smart Set Before Everything Changed," 13 June 2018 As with the Russian, summer brings a steady stream of canoeists, rafters, and inner tubers to the river, and tension between boaters and locals was running high. Chris Colin, Outside Online, "Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights," 30 May 2018 House Bill 391 would have brought Louisiana in-line with the rest of the nation and broadened access for boaters and anglers. Tristan Baurick,, "Lawmakers reject effort to make Louisiana coastal waters public," 18 Apr. 2018 Working with Summit Metro Parks, vegetation along the shoreline was cleared to allow boaters and fisherman better access to the lake. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Ohio & Erie Canalway Coaliton, partners continue work to enhance Summit Lake neighborhoods," 15 Jan. 2018 Cayman Islands, which offers tax savings for boaters, is a popular spot for registry, according to Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods' yacht emerges as celebrity during U.S. Open week in New York," 13 June 2018 Two other boaters — William Walls and Mark Marra, also of Edgewater — raced to the location in their 29-foot fishing boat after hearing the call over the radio. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "How a life jacket and a whistle saved a kayaker’s life on the Chesapeake Bay," 24 May 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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