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[fish-er-muh n] /ˈfɪʃ ər mən/
noun, plural fishermen.
a person who fishes, whether for profit or pleasure.
a ship used in fishing.
Also, fisherman's. of, relating to, or designating a knitting pattern consisting primarily of cable-stitches executed in a characteristically thick, traditionally off-white yarn, or a garment made in this pattern and yarn:
a fisherman sweater.
Origin of fisherman
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English fissherman; see fisher, -man
Related forms
nonfisherman, noun, plural nonfishermen. Unabridged
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  • It can call its preachers from among the fishermen, and raise them to power.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • They are fishermen and wreckers, and know every inch of bottom all along the reefs.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Apparently, this title is given to some rediscovered old ground and with a new generation of fishermen displaces the old name.

  • Across it a plank had been placed for the convenience of fishermen and others.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • None are so directly interested in the conservation of mussels as the fishermen themselves.

British Dictionary definitions for fishermen


noun (pl) -men
a person who fishes as a profession or for sport
a vessel used for fishing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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