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
Recent Examples on the Web The Navy has expelled more than 150 sailors from the SEALs since 2011, stripping them of the right to wear the Trident pins that signify membership., "Who is Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher?," 25 Nov. 2019 The Navy has expelled more than 150 sailors from the SEALs since 2011, stripping them of the right to wear the Trident pins that signify membership. New York Times, "Who Is Edward Gallagher, the SEAL the Navy Wants to Expel?," 24 Nov. 2019 Elton was an avid sailor spending many happy summers with his wife and family and his good friend Neville Doherty sailing from Rhode Island to Maine and Canada with adventures in the North Sea and the Caribbean., "Elton P. Katz," 21 Nov. 2019 Season launch passes cost $450 for power boaters, sailors and personal water craft users who live in Highland park and $810 for non-residents. Karen Berkowitz,, "Highland Park says it won’t pay all of cost for Park Avenue barge-breakwater replacement," 18 Nov. 2019 The military branch is not contributing any funds to restore the Ling, but Gatton said several sailors from a naval base in Connecticut have volunteered their time. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Veterans want to bring WWII submarine to Louisville as part of proposed naval museum," 15 Nov. 2019 Aside from the accent and a fake story Jonas as Gaido tells fellow sailors worried about going into battle, the action scenes involving Gaido are spot on, said Bartolotti, who lives in Mequon. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Battle of Midway hero played by Nick Jonas in new film was Milwaukee man," 14 Nov. 2019 His military career has spanned more than three decades and taken him from the Middle East to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and from being an active duty sailor to a rabbi on the front lines. Ben Sales,, "Meet the Army rabbi who led Yom Kippur services in Saddam Hussein’s palace," 13 Nov. 2019 Harbor seals Polynesian sailors have relied on guiding stars, called lodestars, to find their way at sea for thousands of years, but harbor seals may have beat them to it. Fiona Mcmillan, National Geographic, "From dung beetles to seals, these animals navigate by the stars," 4 Nov. 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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The first known use of sailor was in 1577

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sailor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce sailor (audio)

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


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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