whal·​er | \ ˈhwā-lər How to pronounce whaler (audio) , ˈwā- \

Definition of whaler

1 : a person or ship engaged in whale fishing

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Recent Examples on the Web Japan resumed commercial whaling on July 1 after leaving the International Whaling Commission, promising that the whalers would stay within the country’s exclusive economic waters. BostonGlobe.com, "Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years - The Boston Globe," 5 Oct. 2019 The British Admiralty sent ships in search of pathways through the ice that would lead to this mythic sea, an objective scoffed at by unlettered whalers who spent their lives in waters along the edge of the sea ice and knew better. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019 Not long after Cook came countless traders and whalers, government administrators and their soldiers, missionaries (the first in 1796), louche Conradian drifters, settlers, and tourists. Damion Searls, Harper's magazine, "The Tide-Beating Heart of Earth," 10 May 2019 Elsewhere in the Arctic, on an icy island called Spitsbergen, there’s a place called the Corpse Headlands, where there are graves filled with the bodies of 17th and 18th century whalers. Lucas Joel, Smithsonian, "A Warming Climate Threatens Archaeological Sites in Greenland," 31 Aug. 2019 The great white sharks could return at any time, and other large sharks, like bronze whaler sharks (Carcharhinus brachyurus), frequent the waters, too. Linda Nordling, Science | AAAS, "Great white sharks have suddenly disappeared from one of their favorite hangouts," 30 Aug. 2019 Japan left the International Whaling Commission on June 30 and has promised the whalers will stay within its 200-mile exclusive economic zone waters. Washington Post, "Whale meat fetches ‘celebration prices’ after Japanese hunt," 5 July 2019 The self-serious novel takes place on the sprawling sea and includes long interludes describing how whalers processed blubber and the anatomy of whale skeletons. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "There Is Going to be a ‘Moby-Dick’ Musical," 9 Aug. 2019 Residents keep Boston whalers or skiffs in marinas on the mainland and use them for the minute-long ride to the island, parking them at a dock on the north side, about 500 feet from this property. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Looking for a Beach House? It’ll Cost You," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of whaler

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whaler.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaler. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of whaler

: a person who hunts for whales
: a ship that is used for hunting whales


whal·​er | \ ˈhwā-lər How to pronounce whaler (audio) , ˈwā- \

Kids Definition of whaler

: a person or ship that hunts whales

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