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 fishermen and kayakers who use the dock don’t notice the instrument. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 Here, though—with a cast of characters that includes a former Perdue chicken producer, a whistleblower veterinarian, an environmentalist fisherman, and a heritage poultry specialist—the group manages to ground abstract problems in the everyday. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Natalie Portman–Backed Documentary Will Make You Seriously Consider Going Vegetarian," 16 June 2018 Alaska’s commercial fisheries harvest more than 40 species of marine life, and fishermen and researchers believe it’s only a matter of time before the industry suffers a catastrophe. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Climate Change Is Personal for These Alaskan Women," 20 Mar. 2018 Outside of work, Stahelin was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time at his home in Florida. Bob Goldsborough,, "Leland Stahelin, longtime suburban builder and office complex manager, dies at 92," 1 July 2018 Erskine is part of a group of fishermen, scientists, and state fisheries managers called the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network that is pushing for more research and attention on the issue. Eric Niiler, National Geographic, "The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means," 15 June 2018 Lawyering is not nearly as deadly as other jobs on the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics list of most dangerous professions like logger, commercial fisherman, aircraft pilot or roofer. NBC News, "The dangers of divorce law: Attorneys pack pistols, install panic buttons," 9 June 2018 Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, an avid hunter and fisherman, learned that the hard way on Thursday night, posting an Instagram story that showed a fishing lure stuck in his leg. Nihal Kolur,, "Fishing Incident Sends Georgia QB Jake Fromm to Hospital With Leg Injury," 18 May 2018 However, the vast majority of them were impoverished fishermen, who North Korea found as useful foils for its propaganda machine. Kim Tong-hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korean prisoner release brings hope, frustration to South," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of fisherman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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