mariner

noun mar·i·ner \ ˈmer-ə-nər , ˈma-rə- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of mariner

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

Examples of mariner in a Sentence

  1. the ancient Phoenicians were outstanding mariners who explored and colonized much of the eastern Mediterranean

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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.

Origin and Etymology of mariner

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


MARINER Defined for Kids

mariner

noun mar·i·ner \ ˈmer-ə-nər \

Definition of mariner for Students

: seaman 1, sailor


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