sailor

noun
sail·​or | \ ˈsā-lər How to pronounce sailor (audio) \

Definition of sailor

1a : one that sails especially : mariner
b(1) : a member of a ship's crew
2 : a traveler by water
3 : a stiff straw hat with a low flat crown and straight circular brim

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Examples of sailor in a Sentence

He worked as a sailor on a cargo ship. the sailors were glad to be arriving in port after their long voyage

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Children’s sailor suits, meanwhile, were adopted by the haute couture, with one particularly chic 1972 example from Yves Saint Laurent in the exhibition. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Les Garçonnes Were Out in Full Force at the Exhibition Opening of Gender Bending Fashion at Boston’s MFA," 19 Mar. 2019 Eight Norwegian sailors suffered minor injuries, but there were no serious injuries or deaths. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Salvagers Raise a Sunken Norwegian Frigate," 5 Mar. 2019 The exercise has trained over 16,000 sailors for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines since 1969. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry May Be Spending Valentine's Day Apart," 28 Jan. 2019 The collision killed seven sailors and damaged the 9,000-ton ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Secret Probe Into USS Fitzgerald Disaster Revealed a Ship in Appalling Shape," 14 Jan. 2019 They were built by an Egyptian and former sailor, with a strong emphasis on sailing. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Almost half are first-time sailors, many of whom are turned off by the mega-ship image of herds of people and amusement-park fun and games. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Small-ship experiences may be long on luxury, never mind unusual destinations," 11 June 2018 This gyroscope, about the size of a large microwave, is keeping the large boat stable—a boon for sailors (like me) who don’t have their sea legs yet. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Seakeeper’s Super Spinning System Keeps Ships Stable at Sea," 21 May 2018 The Trump administration is considering new sanctions against Russia over its detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors seized in November, including penalties against Russian ships, the U.S. envoy to Ukraine said Thursday. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "U.S. Weighs New Russia Sanctions Over Detention of Ukrainian Sailors," 31 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of sailor

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sailor

alteration of sailer

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sailor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sailor

: a person who works on a boat or ship as part of the crew
: someone who controls a boat or ship that has sails

sailor

noun
sail·​or | \ ˈsā-lər How to pronounce sailor (audio) \

Kids Definition of sailor

: a person who works on or controls a boat or ship as part of the crew

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