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 title sees players navigate a spiritual narrative — where a ferryman shepherds souls to the afterlife — using their own blinking eyes. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 As the story goes, Streeter was a ferryman on Lake Michigan when a storm beached his craft on an offshore sandbar in July 1886. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2021 Before the pandemic, visitors from the American side could walk across at low water or hail a Mexican ferryman to row them across in a wooden boat. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 16 June 2021 In Greek myth, coins on the eyes were a ceremonial offering so that the dead would have money to pay Charon, Hades’ ferryman, for passage across the River Styx into the afterlife. James Grebey, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 His father, also a ferryman among other things, was James Cook Bourland. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, 21 Dec. 2020 The beach, a scintillating embodiment of the California Dream just a couple of hours earlier, now looked more like the landing pad for Charon, the mythological ferryman of Hades, with wisps of yellow smoke hovering above leaden waves and pebbles. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, 17 Sep. 2020 Popular lore suggests the dead needed these tokens to pay Charon, the ferryman who transports souls across the River Styx, for safe passage. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 July 2020 The ship docked at the pier and the ferryman lowered the ramp. Yi-ling Liu, Harper's Magazine, 31 Aug. 2019 See More

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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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