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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None of the ships damaged in the attack were Indian-flagged, but warnings to mariners in the Middle East have said ships of all flags should be wary. Brad Lendon, CNN, "India sending warships to the Middle East to protect shipping," 21 June 2019 The mariners filled their holds with hundreds of tortoises at a time, flipping them on their backs to prevent them from wandering on deck. Ngm Maps, National Geographic, "Tortoises rule on this isolated island," 12 June 2019 Such information will be useful for many groups, including mariners who navigate in Arctic waters and scientists who want to understand the impact of climate change in the region. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch and land its Falcon 9 rocket on the California coast," 12 June 2019 The mariner was aboard the 36-foot fishing vessel Lacie Belle, which was about 10 miles north of Cape Blanco, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Jim Ryan,, "Coast Guard airlifts mariner from fishing vessel along Oregon coast (video)," 7 May 2018 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

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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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