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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Dressed some days in a beige suit or light blue seersucker, Woodard always dons his signature straw boater hat, encircled with a navy and red ribbon. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018 Princess Eugenie wore a gorgeous floral-print Erdem dress teamed with a boater hat, while singer Ciara opted for a chic white Edeline Lee dress. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Here's Why Day Three of the Royal Ascot Is Called Ladies’ Day," 21 June 2018 Eugenie’s cutout boater hat, also by Provan, revealed the top of her head and allowed her hair to blow through, a flowing contrast to its architectural flowers. Maura Hohman,, "Sister Act! See Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie Match Perfectly on 'Ladies Day' at Royal Ascot," 21 June 2018 Mugford was one of a two boaters officials believe left from UConn’s Avery Point campus during Memorial Day weekend. Ruth Bruno,, "Body Found In LI Sound Off Groton Identified As Man Reported Missing Memorial Day Weekend," 8 June 2018 Whalon Lake paddling event The Forest Preserve District of Will County will host a kayaking event for boaters ages 12 years old and older on Saturday, July 7, at Whalon Lake in Naperville. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 8 June 2018 The members of a barbershop quartet adjusted their boater hats and a six-piece band featuring a clarinet and an upright bass prepared to play. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "The Forgotten Entertainer Rag," 24 May 2018 Crews are continuing to search off the coast Monday for missing boater Nicholas Busick, 47, whose unoccupied vessel went ashore in Newport Beach on Sunday evening, authorities said. Hannah Fry,, "Crews search for missing boater, 47, after his empty vessel washes up in Newport Beach," 23 Apr. 2018 Boca Raton boaters are invited to weigh in on the possibility of moving the city’s boat ramps. Marci Shatzman,, "Boca Raton wants boaters to help decide where docks should go," 12 Feb. 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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