sea·​far·​ing ˈsē-ˌfer-iŋ How to pronounce seafaring (audio)
: the use of the sea for travel or transportation
seafaring adjective

Example Sentences

He began a life of seafaring.
Recent Examples on the Web The multi-mast carrack derives from the single-mast cog that dominated European seafaring in the Middle Ages. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2022 The modern state of Australia was born just before the world’s oldest person, populated with seafaring immigrants who enacted the systematic extermination of the country’s Indigenous population. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Its power and wealth came from seafaring and trade, and its cultural and economic influence stretched from its home island of Crete all the way to Egypt. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2022 That created a perpetual underclass of agricultural laborers with limited seafaring experience, Hafstein said. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Drawing inspiration from the folklore of Norse seafaring, period-style oil paintings will depict tales of the deep and intricate carvings of tentacles, barnacles, compasses and more will accentuate porthole frames. Tim Walters, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 The game is, for the most part, a sublime seafaring sequel. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 15 May 2021 Brendan the Navigator was famous for his sixth-century seafaring. Jacqueline Cutler, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 On islands spanning from the Taiwan Strait to Polynesia live the Austronesians, best known for their seafaring. Melinda A. Yang, The Conversation, 15 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seafaring was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Seafaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


sea·​far·​ing ˈsē-ˌfar-iŋ How to pronounce seafaring (audio)
: a traveling over the sea as work or recreation
seafaring adjective

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