sub·​ma·​ri·​ner | \ ˌsəb-mə-ˈrē-nər How to pronounce submariner (audio) , -ˈma-rə-nər, -ˈmer-ə-nər\

Definition of submariner

: a member of a submarine crew

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Eugene Cash, Navy captain Eugene Cash, 88, a Navy submariner who retired as a captain in 1981 after 32 years of military service, died July 22 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. Benjamin Gordon, Washington Post, "Community deaths," 25 Aug. 2019 At that point, submariners enter what oceanographers call the Hadal Zone, derived from Hades – the Ancient Greek underworld. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 The 28-year-old submariner pitched the team’s only perfect inning, getting three groundballs without throwing a pitch faster than 83 mph. Henry Schulman,, "Giants fall six games below .500 at home after another low-octane defeat," 27 Aug. 2019 The Giants filled his spot by selecting the contract of righty Tyler Rogers, a submariner who has spent parts or all of four seasons with Sacramento and will make his big-league debut at 28. Henry Schulman,, "Giants promote top infield prospect Mauricio Dubon, cut Scooter Gennett," 27 Aug. 2019 Jack's grandfather, John S. McCain Jr., earned a Silver Star for valor as a World War II submariner and commanded forces as a senior officer during the Vietnam War. Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, "How a McCain came home from war to mourn his famous father," 23 Aug. 2019 The submariner is almost certainly headed back to Double-A Amarillo to make room for Logan Allen, who will be officially added to the 25-man roster and start Tuesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Mejia back, has chance to play more; the new Perdomo; Castillo update," 18 June 2019 In 1969, Craig enlisted in the U.S. Navy, became a submariner, and served for four years as a radioman on the USS Von Steuben - based in Charleston, S.C. and Scotland., "Craig D. Weske," 18 June 2019 Ryan spoke personally or corresponded with everyone—from privates to generals; infantrymen, sailors, airmen, submariners, medics, drivers, paratroopers, glider crews and passengers. Winston Groom, WSJ, "‘The Longest Day’ Review: On the Beaches of Normandy," 5 June 2019

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who is a member of a submarine crew

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