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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But in the 1980s, David Woodman, a retired mariner and history writer based in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, analyzed the reports of Inuit witnesses. National Geographic, "In 1845 explorers sought the Northwest Passage—then vanished," 8 Aug. 2019 Advertising In the Northwest, these predictions are critical during fire season and inform fishermen and other mariners of turbulent weather. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "High-stakes dispute turns nasty, pits 5G technology against weather forecasting," 6 Aug. 2019 When a storm hit the Gulf Coast, the mariner was lost at sea. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Visit these 'haunted' Galveston places," 30 July 2019 In the first half of 2019, armed pirates kidnapped 27 mariners, and of nine vessels attacked across the world, eight were off the coast of Nigeria. Fox News, "Pirates take 10 Turkish sailors hostage off coast of Nigeria," 17 July 2019 The Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne trains professional mariners. John Konrad,, "The next global tech disruption will happen where few expect it," 28 June 2019 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

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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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