fish·​er·​man | \ ˈfi-shər-mən How to pronounce fisherman (audio) \

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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Examples of fisherman in a Sentence

fishermen sorting out their catch
Recent Examples on the Web Auctions are an ancient mechanism for selling valuable commodities, from fine art to a fisherman’s catch to government bonds. The Economist, "The Nobel prize in economics rewards advances in auction theory," 12 Oct. 2020 Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, a devoted fly-fisherman, purchased Idaho’s South Fork Lodge with professional angler Oliver White in late June after nearly a year of negotiations. Darrell Hartman, WSJ, "The Fly-Fishing Boom Is Finally Here," 6 Oct. 2020 The whale was reported by a Mexican fisherman halfway down the Baja Peninsula. Anchorage Daily News, "Wandering Alaska beluga first spotted near San Diego found dead off Mexico," 6 Oct. 2020 A week earlier, a 36-year-old spear fisherman died hours after a shark bit him on a leg north of the Gold Coast near Fraser Island. Fox News, "Shark attack in Australia kills man surfing off Gold Coast beach," 8 Sep. 2020 Recreational fisherman are asked to save the heads of the species and return them to a collection point, such as Helgren’s Sportfishing at the Oceanside harbor, where the heads are stored in a freezer for the survey. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bill will strengthen and expand Carlsbad fish hatchery program," 7 Sep. 2020 The first newborn was found in November 1999 by a fisherman. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Push is on to solve deaths of 3 infants found in Mississippi River years ago," 5 Aug. 2020 The overlapping claims: Both China and Taiwan say their claims to the island chain extend back to the 1400s, when it was used as a staging point for Chinese fisherman. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China is doubling down on its territorial claims and that's causing conflict across Asia," 26 Sep. 2020 The fisherman’s body washed up in Newport two weeks later with a silver dollar-sized bullet hole in his right cheek. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Game warden shot fisherman, walked in 1900 murder case," 12 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of fisherman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2020

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“Fisherman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fisherman

: a person (especially a man) who catches fish


fish·​er·​man | \ ˈfi-shər-mən How to pronounce fisherman (audio) \
plural fishermen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of fisherman

: a person who fishes

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