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 These sorts of discoveries evoke the daily life and diseases of long-ago seafarers. Chad Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Shipwreck Off Florida’s Coast Pits Archaeologists Against Treasure Hunters," 30 Apr. 2017 What has persisted over centuries, from seafarers to meteorologists, is a stringent requirement for precision that often reveals with dismaying clarity the disasters of weather and climate. Washington Post, "How we know global warming is real," 19 Dec. 2019 The islands have long been home to hardy French and English seafarers, who are no stranger to the risks posed by nature. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019 But about 400,000 of the world’s 1.6 million seafarers are Filipino. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "The Lonely and Dangerous Life of the Filipino Seafarer," 30 Nov. 2019 Moreover, Muslim traders from Bengal, Indonesia and the Moluccas lived inside the city and some established a cult of Sufi saints—traditional protectors of seafarers. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 This isn't the first time superhydrophobic materials have been embraced by seafarers, either. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Unsinkable Metal Could Lead to Unsinkable Ships. Now Where Have We Heard That Before?," 7 Nov. 2019 According to a statement by the Stena Impero's owner, Stena Bulk, and operator, Northern Marine Management, the ship is Swedish-owned and there are 23 seafarers on board of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality. Barbara Starr And Ryan Browne And Kara Fox, CNN, "Iran announces capture of British-flagged oil tanker; US officials say two ships seized," 19 July 2019 Several groups of researchers are looking instead at areas along the Pacific Coast, well south of Beringia, where early seafarers might have come ashore. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019

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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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3 Feb 2020

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“Seafarer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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