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

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And sailing boats had not yet appeared, So Kaifu’s team has been building and testing watercraft that prehistoric seafarers might have paddled. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Explorers to voyage to Japan in primitive boat in hopes of unlocking an ancient mystery," 2 July 2019 While the vessel was sailing under a UK flag, Stena Bulk is headquartered in Sweden, and the 23 seafarers on board hail from India, Latvia, Philippines and Russia. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Iran releases footage of captured tanker's crew," 22 July 2019 But for the sake of the world’s 1.6m seafarers, governments and shippers should not stop trying. The Economist, "The Gulf of Guinea is now the world’s worst piracy hotspot," 29 June 2019 From the early 15th into the 17th centuries, Portuguese seafarers ruled the waves, launching a European age of discovery. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 Like seafarers of old, future spacecraft (and space travelers) could propel themselves into the vast cosmic expanse with the help of the sun—or at least that’s how Sagan envisioned it. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 For my money, the site was occupied by some of the greatest seafarers that this world has ever seen. G.w. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books, "The Pirates of Palestine?," 6 June 2019 The tools also offered a clue to the identity of the early seafarers: The artifacts resemble Acheulean tools developed more than a million years ago by H. erectus and used until about 130,000 years ago by Neandertals as well. Andrew Lawler, Science | AAAS, "Neandertals, Stone Age people may have voyaged the Mediterranean," 24 Apr. 2018 Kudos to the Carnival Glory team for this amazing effort to rescue a fellow seafarer. Jajuan M. Morris-guity, Fox News, "Norwegian Cruise employee rescued by Carnival Cruise 22 hours after falling overboard," 3 July 2018

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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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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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