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

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Paths through the thick Springer’s Point underbrush also lead to a covered well where old-time mariners went for hard-to-find fresh water. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 Coco Chanel introduced mariner-inspired stripes into the high-fashion lexicon, and stripes have since... Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "To Make Stripes Feel Fresh, Layer Them Wantonly," 31 Jan. 2019 So where's the treasure? Ocracoke Island is owned by the National Park Service — except for the 4-square-mile village of Ocracoke, whose bay has been a haven for mariners since Colonial times. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 This education, as well as training for current mariners seeking to upskill, comes from the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center that opened in March 2016. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: San Jacinto College’s John Stauffer trains a new generation of more educated mariners," 15 June 2018 Aquatic Park allows anchoring for five consecutive nights or 30 nights total in a calendar year, provided the mariner has a permit. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rogue yachtsman in trouble again for alleged threats at Aquatic Park," 9 May 2018 In the end, the crowdedness of Aquaman almost takes all the fun out of a movie about a mariner hero, his gorgeous hair, and a bunch of giant crabs. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 Slade pieces together the final voyage, interspersed with stories of the ship’s merchant mariners. Eva Holland, Outside Online, "The Best Summer Books," 1 June 2018 Along the mainland and on the Outer Banks, some view him as a gifted mariner, law-skirting entrepreneur, swashbuckling antihero and — if nothing else — a source of tourism gold because of the annual pirate festivals sparked by his notoriety. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018

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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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