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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High waves, strong currents and hidden debris create hazards for recreational boaters and swimmers. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 12 July 2019 Lake Michigan’s high water levels this summer are posing a new challenge for boaters who launch at the Park Avenue beach in Highland Park. Karen Berkowitz,, "Lake Michigan’s high levels are creating challenges for Highland Park boaters," 11 July 2019 State health officials are urging people not to eat fish caught in the Farmington, but say recreational use of the river by boaters and swimmers doesn’t pose any significant health risk. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Gov. Ned Lamont sets up state task force on hazardous chemical compound that spilled into Farmington River," 8 July 2019 Jerry Richert, an IFD Captain, says that the White River is only for extremely experienced boaters right now, and others should stay away. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Beware: All this rain is making the White River dangerous — and disgusting," 20 June 2019 The plant thrives in warm temperatures, typically becoming a nuisance for boaters and fishers in July and August. Sara Sneath,, "Freezing temps tamp down invasive aquatic plant that's been overtaking Louisiana lakes," 10 Jan. 2018 The whale, nicknamed Allie by local observers, has thrilled boaters and sightseers, but her presence has marine biologists worried about her health. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: ‘Cult’ winery defends itself — and its value," 18 June 2019 Travelers, boaters, and campers can also help by cleaning boots, vehicles, and equipment before and after visiting a destination. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Invasive species, explained," 5 June 2019 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

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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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