ferryman

noun
fer·​ry·​man | \ˈfer-ē-mən, ˈfe-rē-\

Definition of ferryman 

: a person who operates a ferry

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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 Scientists have now confirmed that the creature is a second sighting of the species Bathochordaeus charon, named for the mythical Greek ferryman who was thought to transport souls of the dead across the River Styx. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "Mysterious Ocean Blob Found for First Time in a Century," 6 Dec. 2016

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12th century, in the meaning defined above

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ferryman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ferryman

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

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