mar·​i·​ner | \ ˈmer-ə-nər How to pronounce mariner (audio) , ˈma-rə- \

Definition of mariner

: a person who navigates or assists in navigating a ship : seaman, sailor

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In Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, an old seaman tells of how, by shooting a friendly albatross, he had brought storms and disaster to his ship, and how as punishment his shipmates hung the great seabird around the mariner's neck and made him wear it until it rotted. The word mariner has occasionally been used to mean simply "explorer", as in the famous Mariner spaceflights in the 1960s and '70s, the first to fly close to Mars, Venus, and Mercury.

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the ancient Phoenicians were outstanding mariners who explored and colonized much of the eastern Mediterranean
Recent Examples on the Web The adventurous mariners from the kingdom of Portugal had burst into the Indian Ocean in 1498, when Vasco da Gama rounded the cape of Africa and found his way to the southwestern coast of India. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "When China Met the West," 6 June 2020 The great admiral died either during, or shortly after, the seventh and last of the historic expeditions, and with the great mariner’s death his fleet was largely dismantled. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 5 May 2020 The mariner radioed that there were four adults and three children onboard. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Coast Guard searching for 4 adults, 3 kids apparently missing in water near Baytown," 21 Apr. 2020 Normally, the Mercy is tied up at a Navy base in San Diego with a small full-time crew of civilian mariners. John Ismay, New York Times, "A Dispatch From the U.S.N.S. Mercy," 9 Apr. 2020 British soldiers fired into the mob, killing three colonists – a black sailor named Crispus Attucks, ropemaker Samuel Gray and a mariner named James Caldwell – and injuring eight others, two who died later named Samuel Maverick and Patrick Carr. Fox News, "What made the Boston Massacre a pivotal turning point leading up to the American Revolution," 24 Feb. 2020 Maritime interests and a developer want to move the statue from a park to a spot closer to the edge of the Savannah River, saying mariners should be able to see it, the Savannah Morning News reports. USA TODAY, "Antique fruitcake, polite porch pirate, trashed beer: News from around our 50 states," 16 Dec. 2019 So what was a day like for those hardy mariners of the turbulent and pivotal Atlantic battle? James G. Stavridis, New York Times, "What Was Life Like for Sailors During the Battle of the Atlantic?," 14 Apr. 2020 The 951-foot long ship has a crew made up of both Navy sailors and Military Sealift Command mariners. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "USNS Bob Hope in Anchorage to unload military supplies," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mariner

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mariner

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin marinarius, from marinus

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The first known use of mariner was in the 14th century

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“Mariner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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