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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The boaters took off his wet clothing, wrapped him in blankets and rubbed his limbs for warmth. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "How a life jacket and a whistle saved a kayaker’s life on the Chesapeake Bay," 24 May 2018 Wagner has always maintained that Wood probably got out of bed because the Splendour’s dinghy was knocking against the stern and the sound was keeping her up—a common annoyance for boaters moored at night. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 Philadelphia's Schuylkill River has long been the mother of waters for mid-Atlantic rowers, just as the Charles, which separates Boston from Cambridge, is for New England boaters. Roger Morris, Town & Country, "Big Daddy: America's Biggest College Rowing Event," 8 May 2014 These boats come every day, from Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Edmonds, Anacortes, Sidney, Orcas, Friday Harbor and more, and are joined by innumerable pleasure boaters. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "‘I have not slept in days’: Readers react to Tahlequah, the mother orca clinging to her dead calf," 5 Aug. 2018 Vandekerkhove said a boater named Junior Cook discovered the pups, which are about 4 months old. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Gilligan's Island' puppies were castaways, just like TV characters," 4 Aug. 2018 In the warmer months, Wayzata’s downtown is crowded with boaters who dock near the main Lake Street. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Minnesota’s Wayzata Offers Hot and Cold Lakefront Luxury," 30 Jan. 2019 Both boats sank, and passing boaters pulled crash victims from the water. Fox News, "3rd body found after Colorado River boat crash," 6 Sep. 2018 The Coast Guard first reported the pipeline was the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, but a spokesperson confirmed June 4, 2018, the company does not own the pipeline that tripped up the boaters at the Southwest Pass. Mike Scott,, "Two men plucked from disabled boat near Southwest Pass," 2 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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