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 Though China originally described the effort as a means for improving mariner safety and scientific research, in reality, the country fortified the areas with military-grade airports, radar systems, and surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 July 2021 Whenever the diminutive mariner downed a can of spinach, muscles inflated, enabling him to pound the stuffing out of his archnemesis -- a piratical sailor called Bluto -- who was much larger and sturdier, but lacking that secret green rocket fuel. Gregory Mcnamee, CNN, 1 July 2021 If there is bad weather ahead, sophisticated algorithms using information about the ship and its capabilities can provide one or more alternatives for the mariner to optimize a route. Renny Vandewege, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Even without weapons, the Persian Gulf is a complex and chaotic place for any mariner; add in a low-grade, undeclared shadow conflict between Israel, Iran and other Gulf players, and things could get very dangerous very quickly. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Each mariner was hoisted out of the water and brought back to shore without injury., 1 May 2021 As a merchant mariner, Woronowicz is used to missing holidays at home, and births and weddings. Author: Taylor Telford, Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2021 His father was a former merchant mariner who later was a captain of yacht cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 Each of the 16 defendants who pleaded guilty – just over half of the 31 named in a November indictment – admitted to unlawfully receiving an officer-level mariner license. John Simerman,, 2 Feb. 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Mariner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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