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[nav-i-gey-ter] /ˈnæv ɪˌgeɪ tər/
a person who navigates.
a person who practices, or is skilled in, navigation, as of ships or aircraft.
a person who conducts explorations by sea.
British. a navvy.
Origin of navigator
First recorded in 1580-90, navigator is from the Latin word nāvigātor a sailor, mariner. See navigate, -tor Unabridged
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  • Neither am I a navigator or a pilot, although I can fly in an emergency.

    The Issahar Artifacts Jesse Franklin Bone
  • He could have smashed Norris to a pulp, and none knew it better than the navigator.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • In his Fort, Allison drawled over the intercom, "Pilot to navigator."

  • The rules are complex and variable, but they are still rules that a navigator can follow.

    The Repairman Harry Harrison
  • The navigator and one sailor are also Japanese, born in Hawaii but American citizens.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
British Dictionary definitions for navigator


a person who is skilled in or performs navigation, esp on a ship or aircraft
(esp formerly) a person who explores by ship
an instrument or device for assisting a pilot to navigate an aircraft
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Word Origin and History for navigator

1580s, "one who navigates," from Latin navigator "sailor," agent noun from navigat-, stem of navigare (see navigation). Meaning "laborer employed in excavating a canal" is 1775, from sense in inland navigation "communication by canals and rivers" (1727).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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