sea·​far·​er | \ ˈsē-ˌfer-ər How to pronounce seafarer (audio) \

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ships and the intrepid seafarers who man them remain a vital part of the world economy
Recent Examples on the Web Graham is not the only seafarer with an extraordinary story. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Set sail with these 10 books about epic ocean voyages," 9 Sep. 2020 Consider Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian seafarer who gave his name to America. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "The fight over monuments asks, who is an American hero and who is a 'symbol of hate'?," 4 July 2020 In the medieval room-cum-bar, Wurtinger and her roommates drank mead; in the wine bar, wine; in the jungle bar, jungle juice; and in the Caribbean sundowner’s bar, complete with a menu resembling an old seafarer’s map, cocktails with rum and citrus. Kieran Dahl, Washington Post, "These creative quarantiners turned their homes into the bars and restaurants they were missing," 30 June 2020 Today, the port is better known for a different sort of seafarer. The Economist, "Empty palaces Why the French Riviera is full of ghost yachts," 27 June 2020 The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network runs a 24-hour-a-day helpline for seafarers and their families. Francesca Street, CNN, "'Treated as cargo:' Stranded cruise ship crews recount desperation," 18 May 2020 In a typical month, about 100,000 seafarers either join or leave a ship. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Pandemic Strands Some Ship Crews at Sea, Others On Shore," 11 May 2020 Some 57 seafarers were kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea in December as pirate attacks grew increasingly bold. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Supply Chain Child’s Play; Backed up Barges; Cocoa’s Bittersweet Pricing," 3 Jan. 2020 But four weeks after the government first let foreign liners into Manila Bay some 5,300 Filipino seafarers were still confined to their ships, along with an unknown number of foreigners. The Economist, "Floating confinement Why the Philippines is a magnet for idled cruise ships," 23 May 2020

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First Known Use of seafarer

1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seafarer

sea + fare entry 1 + -er entry 2

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“Seafarer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seafarer

old-fashioned : someone who works or travels on a boat or ship on the sea

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