fish·​er·​man ˈfi-shər-mən How to pronounce fisherman (audio)
: one who engages in fishing as an occupation or for pleasure
: a ship used in commercial fishing

Example Sentences

fishermen sorting out their catch
Recent Examples on the Web The remains of a fisherman who went missing in San Pablo Bay on Christmas day have been found, authorities said. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Jan. 2023 It’s the classic good Samaritan story of one fisherman helping another. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 6 Jan. 2023 Koutrakis is the child of a fisherman who worked those waters for 60 years. Paul Greenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 One day, a mermaid named Aycayia is caught in the net of a fisherman. Jessica Pressman, The Conversation, 20 Dec. 2022 The hand of the fisherman who casts a hook carries the wisdom of his ancestors. Maria Teresa Hernandez, Chicago Tribune, 16 Dec. 2022 Fernandez spent several nights amid hundreds of fisherman at work on the El Limón River to capture the image of them raising their nets as waves came in. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2022 They can be sampled in various preparations at the former fisherman's abode-turned-restaurant, Le Portanel. Terry Ward, CNN, 7 July 2022 The restaurant is found in the fisherman's town of Savaneta inside a traditional Aruban cunucu house. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fisherman was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fisherman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


fish·​er·​man ˈfish-ər-mən How to pronounce fisherman (audio)
: a person who fishes
: a ship used in commercial fishing

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