ship·​own·​er | \ ˈship-ˌō-nər \

Definition of shipowner 

: the owner of a ship

Examples of shipowner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Airline and refining industry officials are bracing for a surge in diesel demand as shipowners switch from heavier bunker fuels. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Airlines Face Rising Fuel Costs. Blame Cruise Ships.," 22 Oct. 2018 Some shipowners fear their businesses couldn’t survive a sudden spike in energy costs. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Clouds Hover Over Shipping’s Key Antipollution Law," 31 Oct. 2018 Eventually more shipowners will invest in scrubbers and LNG. The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 But smaller, more indebted shipowners will not be able to raise finance to pay for the conversions, says Basil Karatzas, a shipping consultant in New York. The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 The company’s order book is empty, and shipowners are buying few new vessels. Andrew Maykuth,, "With dearth of orders, Philly Shipyard's future is at risk," 10 May 2018 Still, many of these technologies still remain prohibitively expensive for shipowners or aren’t yet available in sufficient supplies. Maria Gallucci, WIRED, "The Shipping Industry Sets Sail Toward a Carbon-Free Future," 17 Apr. 2018 In fact, a few years ago, the Financial Times reported a sale in the Porto Heli area of a 40 million-euro home that was bought by a Greek shipowner and his Russian wife. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Porto Heli Might Be Greece's Best Kept Secret," 30 June 2017 Tziva has accused the shipowner businessman of being the owner of a tanker - the Noor 1 - that was caught smuggling 2.1 tonnes of heroin into the port of Piraeus., "Controversial Nottingham Forest Owner Charged With Drug Trafficking in Greece," 24 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shipowner.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of shipowner

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shipowner

Statistics for shipowner

Last Updated

16 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shipowner

The first known use of shipowner was circa 1530

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on shipowner

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with shipowner

Comments on shipowner

What made you want to look up shipowner? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Liar, Liar Quiz

  • alt-5761dbe2ba986
  • Someone who pretends to be sick in order to avoid work is a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!