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 The film, which partly unfolds as a flashback, includes a character based on a real-life Louisiana oyster fisherman who lost his fortune in BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. NBC News, "'The Photograph' and 'triumph' of black love," 14 Feb. 2020 Most pro anglers at the recent MLF event there struggled to catch 10 pounds daily in a lake where 20 pounds and more is common among top fishermen. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoor notebook: State park plays host to Fins, Feathers and Flowers event," 12 Feb. 2020 There were oversize silky-sheen printed tunics and fisherman sweaters, blazers with tulle sprouting like weeds from the sleeves, several velvet dresses and a necktie and shoulder pad or two. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "How to Put on a Fashion Show Without a Designer," 11 Feb. 2020 Party boats loaded with anglers sailed day and night; every fisherman on board hoped to return home with a burlap sack stuffed with whiting. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, "10 Great East Coast Fisheries That No Longer Exist," 10 Feb. 2020 Two nearby fishermen heard the woman's cries and rushed over to help. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Warren woman: I was body shamed after traumatic ice fishing accident," 29 Jan. 2020 Almost all fishermen in Oregon have some connection to Dungeness crab. oregonlive, "Ocean acidification is impacting Dungeness crabs, Oregon’s most-valuable fishery, study shows," 24 Jan. 2020 Just offshore, fishermen guided their boats past the rusting wreck of a trawler. Tommy Trenchard, Harper's magazine, "Oceans Apart," 6 Jan. 2020 Seals Land has also scaled back its release program out of respect to fisherman who are angry at the damage seals are causing their nets. Author: Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Receding sea ice off northern Japan proves blessing and potential curse for seals," 2 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fisherman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2020

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“Fisherman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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