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

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To prevent overhunting, commercial fishermen will be subject to a quota, currently set at 227 whales through the end of the year (in 2015 Japan reported taking 520 whales). The Economist, "Japan resumes commercial whale hunting after more than 30 years," 1 July 2019 Another took viewers to Lake Como to tell the story of an Italian fisherman and his 10-year-old lab, Ice. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Producers of Netflix's 'Dogs' want to tell your pup's story in Season 2," 12 June 2019 For example, in Laguna, Brazil, fishermen and dolphins appear to work together. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 The American Farm Bureau Federation found the rate of Chapter 12 bankruptcies — debt relief for farmers and fishermen — to be the highest since 2011, and farmers’ debt-to-asset ratio is at a 32-year high. Lynn Brezosky,, "Trade war with China is hitting Texas grain farmers," 6 June 2019 Powered by a shadow fleet, this multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise hurts legit fishermen and wreaks environmental havoc through overfishing. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "How Small Satellites Will Help Police Earth's Vast Oceans," 4 Feb. 2019 Thomas shared a story about her father’s life as a commercial fisherman on the Indian River in Florida. Jennifer Percy, New York Times, "Fear of the Federal Government in the Ranchlands of Oregon," 18 Jan. 2018 Residents of Chinese heritage had only been allowed to own property in San Francisco for two decades at that point, and fishermen, not tourists, still occupied the pier. Melia Russell,, "As tech takes over city, SF Chamber of Commerce seeks to adapt," 23 June 2019 Interview fishermen and local conservationists about the interplay of conservation, livelihoods, and sustainable development. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce fisherman (audio) \
plural fishermen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of fisherman

: a person who fishes

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