fer·​ry·​man | \ ˈfer-ē-mən How to pronounce ferryman (audio) , ˈfe-rē- \

Definition of ferryman

: a person who operates a ferry

Examples of ferryman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The narrator spends much of her time with an old man, a former ferryman who lives on a boat that now registers to them only as an unusable object. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "How “The Memory Police” Makes You See," 6 Nov. 2019 In another, a Nordic ferryman, restlessly nostalgic for his youth as a sailor, steers his vessel full of commuters toward the open sea. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Pilgrim Without a Map," 9 Aug. 2018 Politics are tangled up with love and passion in this drama, whose title refers to the Aeneid’s Charon, the ferryman who conveys souls to the land of the dead. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "London Theater: 'The Ferryman' at the Royal Court, London: Delicious accents, hard truths, engaging cast," 6 May 2018 Many cultures in antiquity have buried their dead with coins as a way to pay a mythical ferryman to take their souls into the afterlife. New York Times, "The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?," 18 May 2018 Director Nicolo Donato’s grandfather was one of the ferrymen. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "The National Center for Jewish Film festival turns 21," 19 Apr. 2018 On our glorious boat ride back from the glacier, our ruddy ferryman was beaming. New York Times, "In Certifiably Happy Norway, a Cranky Traveler Finds Some Bliss (Within Reason)," 30 Dec. 2017 Just pay the ferryman $40 bucks for the ride here and back. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "Wild islands in the Carolinas," 12 Oct. 2017 The ritzy Van Peteghem clan vacations in their villa overlooking the bay; the Brufort family of mussel-gatherers and ferrymen live on a ramshackle farm in the lowlands. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Slack Bay," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ferryman

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ferryman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferryman. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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: a person (especially a man) who operates a ferry

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