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
Recent Examples on the Web Another legend says a fisherman became wealthy after discovering a horde of silver left by the pirate. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 Farren Dell, an assistant naturalist at Gulf State Park, said the saga began on Monday, Oct. 4, when a fisherman on the pier first hooked the loggerhead. al, 14 Oct. 2021 Andreas von Zirngibl, a fisherman who had lost one arm fighting Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo as a teenager, bought the land in 1855, his family said in court documents. Sarah Freishtat,, 30 Sep. 2021 An extraordinary entrepreneur never builds a high-value client base overnight, just as an amateur fisherman rarely catches a prize-winning fish on his first attempt. Zenger News, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 In 1972, three days after Ms. Farenthold’s loss to Briscoe, a fisherman discovered the body of her stepson, Randolph Farenthold, in the surf near Corpus Christi. Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2021 As a South Florida native, the mayor has been an avid fisherman his whole life and is aware of all the positive benefits children receive from the recreational sport. Emmett Hall,, 23 Sep. 2021 The film is a sweeping epic about a scholar exiled to an island who trades his knowledge in Confucianism with a fisherman in order to write a book about the sea. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Sep. 2021 Giuseppe, a fisherman, saw baseball as a waste of time, but when Joe and then Vince found local fame and fortune starring for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, dad softened. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of fisherman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Oct 2021

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“Fisherman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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