fish·​er·​man | \ˈfi-shər-mən \

Definition of fisherman 

1 : one who engages in fishing as an occupation or for pleasure

2 : a ship used in commercial fishing

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fishermen sorting out their catch

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The bartender is watching a singing competition on television and says the bar is less a drinking establishment than a pitstop for recreational fishermen heading back to the city after weekends on the water. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 One afternoon a group of fishermen moored their boat close to shore and lay down, shirts off, on the bow. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Room With a View: The Best Hotel Views Around the World," 15 Oct. 2018 From the predatory practices of heedless fishermen to the irresponsible waste disposal regimes that flood whale sharks’ bellies with garbage, there are many forces at play conspiring against the well-being of the species. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "What the Longest Known Whale Shark Migration Ever Tells Us About Conservation," 8 May 2018 Shrunken cotton camisoles, soft striped boiler suits, French military jackets, weighty fisherman Aran knits, and belted Burberry trenches. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Headed to A Current Affair? 4 Hidden Gems to Shop at Brooklyn’s Cult Vintage Show," 12 Oct. 2018 The Canadians had long ceded the lobster to Maine fishermen, but that has changed as the lobster population has surged. David Abel,, "Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north," 21 June 2018 Such fish yield not to superior guile, but rather choose to donate themselves to respectful fishermen who work on behalf of all. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, "‘Kings of the Yukon’ Review: A Song for the Salmon," 25 May 2018 The average sockeye price paid to Alaska salmon fishermen in 2017 was $1.13 per pound. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how Alaska fishery managers expect this salmon season to play out," 15 May 2018 Retired fisherman Yang Liansheng now lives near an array of empty buildings in Binhai. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Finds Big-Ticket Spending Is a Road to Nowhere," 20 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fisherman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fisherman

: a person (especially a man) who catches fish


fish·​er·​man | \ˈfi-shər-mən \
plural fishermen\-​mən \

Kids Definition of fisherman

: a person who fishes

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