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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fishermen sorting out their catch

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One Vietnamese fisherman just hauled in a particularly deadly catch. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Vietnamese Fisherman Drags a Chinese Torpedo Back to Shore," 19 Dec. 2018 In 2006, the Sentinelese killed two fisherman who had accidentally drifted on shore. Kai Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Washington state man is killed by bow and arrow on remote island in India," 21 Nov. 2018 Commercial setnetting in Bristol Bay was not always productive, and some fishermen made a little extra cash with night-time expeditions over the boundary lines. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 During the decade, 12 boats sank and 73 crab fishermen died. Outside Online, "In Search of the Vanished Destination," 17 Apr. 2018 His mother, Alberta Leach, said two fishermen searched it a few months after Randy’s disappearance. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Beyond ‘Satanic Panic’: Agent has theory on 30-year mystery of missing Kansas teen | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 Sandy Nguyen runs Coastal Communities Consulting, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of thousands of fishermen in Southeast Louisiana. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 The Tribun Manada reported that after hearing of Aldi’s journey, the chairman of the Indonesian Small Fishermen Association (HIPKIN), Jefri Sagune, requested that the government provide walkie-talkies for fishermen in North Sulawesi. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Indonesian Teen Aldi Novel Adilang Survived 49 Days at Sea in a Tiny Fishing Raft," 24 Sep. 2018 The house is on Little Fresh Pond, an inlet off Peconic Bay in Southampton, and its bulkhead allows Dr. Smith, an avid fisherman, to dock his 27-foot fishing boat at home. New York Times, "For Some in the Hamptons, It’s Not a Home Without a Dock," 18 May 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 How to pronounce fisherman (audio) \
plural fishermen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of fisherman

: a person who fishes

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