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 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 Bird watching: White pelicans and waterfowl are common in late winter, and boaters make occasional sightings of migratory ospreys and a resident bald eagle. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to San Pablo Reservoir," 9 Feb. 2020 The wooden dock and at least 35 vessels went up in flames and an aluminum roof that covered many of the boats melted and collapsed, cutting off escape routes and raining debris over the area as boaters leaped into the river. CBS News, "Survivors describe escaping boat dock fire that killed 8 in Alabama: "There was nothing we could do"," 28 Jan. 2020 Boating enthusiasts already eager for spring can shop for accessories, take a boater safety course or have a cocktail at the tiki- and '80s-themed bars. Greg Crawford,, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Novi dog show, Hip Hop Smackdown, Detroit Boat Show," 15 Jan. 2020 All are loaded with lake and boater safety information. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "10 fun things to do at the Cleveland Boat Show, even if you’re not shopping for a boat," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of boater

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2020

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“Boater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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