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.

Examples of mariner in a Sentence

the ancient Phoenicians were outstanding mariners who explored and colonized much of the eastern Mediterranean
Recent Examples on the Web For those who don't know, Elrond is the son of Earendil, the great mariner who ventured to Valinor to successfully plead with the Valar to finally intervene in Middle-earth and save the world from Morgoth. Christian Holub,, 16 Sep. 2022 Navigation has largely transitioned to mariner-operation systems. Anna Fiorentino, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 The Apostles, consisting of 22 rocky, forested islands (21 of which are part of the national park) is a mariner’s playground well into September, often referred to as a northern version of the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands. Brian Clark, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Lotion tubes, squirt bottles, brushes, a honey bear, solo flip-flops, a Wiffle ball and a legless lawn flamingo now stained bone-white, all provide the canvas for Riley’s patterned mariner drawings in India ink. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Klay Thompson, mariner and four-time NBA champion, has earned a reputation in the league as a deadly outside shooter and a quirky character off the court. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 June 2022 Credit Maine mariner Captain Hanson Crockett Gregory for that. Fox News, 3 June 2022 After the Games, Mr. Johnson worked as a mail carrier and then as a merchant mariner. New York Times, 28 May 2022 After the Games, Johnson worked as a mail carrier and then as a merchant mariner. Tim Arango,, 28 May 2022 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Mariner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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