fer·​ry·​man ˈfer-ē-mən How to pronounce ferryman (audio)
: a person who operates a ferry

Examples of ferryman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even as few vehicles used the Rodolfo Robles bridge, the ferrymen went back and forth, back and forth, each time bringing more and more people to Mexico. David Culver, CNN, 26 Sep. 2023 So the current heat wave, which is a reference to sort of Greek mythology to this ferryman who carried the dead across the waters of the Hades, the space that separates the living and the dead. Mark Sovel, USA TODAY, 22 July 2023 Proctor Bennett, of the Department of Social Contracts, has a satisfying career as a ferryman, gently shepherding people through the retirement process—and, when necessary, enforcing it. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 6 Jan. 2023 At least one skeleton was buried with a coin in its mouth—a bribe for Charon, the ferryman of the Underworld, who sails souls across the River Styx in Greek mythology. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2023 Valentino Riva, 66, whose father was a ferryman in the 1970s, ironed shirts in the dry-cleaning shop off the main square and recalled more buoyant days. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2023 Why is this old ferryman helping you? Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2021 Drama about a ferryman in 19th century Japan. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 The second is a ferryman—someone who can guide. Rob Dube, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ferryman was in the 12th century

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“Ferryman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferryman. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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