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

Examples of seafaring in a Sentence

He began a life of seafaring.
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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seafaring was in 1592

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“Seafaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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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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