[ boh-ter ]
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  1. a person who boats, especially for pleasure.

  2. a stiff straw hat with a shallow, flat-topped crown, ribbon band, and straight brim.

Origin of boater

First recorded in 1595–1605; boat + -er1

Words Nearby boater Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use boater in a sentence

  • "But I do want to go out in the motor-boater," cried Fairy, dancing around the dock, and waving her arms.

    The Dorrance Domain | Carolyn Wells
  • This refers to the early trader; the house-boater of the later day was not, primarily, engaged in any trade, though many were.

British Dictionary definitions for boater


/ (ˈbəʊtə) /

  1. a stiff straw hat with a straight brim and flat crown

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