- a person whose occupation is sailing or navigation; mariner.
- a seaman below the rank of officer.
- a naval enlistee.
- a person adept at sailing, especially with reference to freedom from seasickness: He was such a bad sailor that he always traveled to Europe by plane.
- a flat-brimmed straw hat with a low, flat crown.
Origin of sailor
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Examples from the Web for sailor
My dad was a sailor, and all through my childhood he was away half of the time at sea, and to an extent I have a similar job.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
Throughout the years it has also served as a sailor tavern and a high-end restaurant.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
Many Sailor Moon story arcs, in the comics and on television, end with the Sailor Senshi dying and being reborn.
Sailor Moon Crystal is expected to wrap up its initial storylines by the end of the year.
Still, Sailor Moon fans are always ravenous for new content, especially after such a long time away.
Finally he disappeared, and, as it seems, embraced the profession of a sailor.Brave and Bold
I left the Plato at the quarantine ground, going to the Sailor's Retreat.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He crept to where he lay upon the deck, and called to a sailor who rushed by to help him.
To Margaret the sailor repeated his story, nor could all her questions shake it.
Presently the sailor was shown in, the man who brought him leaving the room at once.
Word Origin and History for sailor
c.1400, sailer, agent noun from sail (v.). Spelling with -o- arose 16c., probably by influence of tailor, etc., and to distinguish the meaning "seaman, mariner" from "thing that sails." It replaced much older seaman and mariner (q.q.v.). Old English also had merefara "sailor." Applied as an adjective from 1870s to clothing styles and items based on a sailor's characteristic attire.