[ mar-uh-ner ]
/ ˈmær ə nər /
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a person who directs or assists in the navigation of a ship; sailor.
(initial capital letter)Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. space probes that obtained scientific information while flying by or orbiting around the planets Mars, Mercury, and Venus.
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Origin of mariner

First recorded in 1250–1300 for def. 1; for def. 2 1960–65; Middle English, from Anglo-French; Old French marinier.See marine, -er2

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1. See sailor.
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What does mariner mean?

A mariner is a sailor, especially a professional one.

The word sailor is used much more commonly than mariner, which often sounds formal or old-fashioned. Mariner is sometimes used as a more poetic word for sailor, much like its synonym seafarer.

In literature, the word is associated with its use in the title of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which is considered highly influential and a landmark of Romantic literature. It is in fact about a sailor.

Mariner was also the name of a NASA program involving a series of probes (which were also each named Mariner along with a number) launched to gather information while orbiting Mars, Venus, and Mercury.

The word also appears in the name of the Seattle Mariners baseball team—a reference to Seattle’s heritage as a port city.

Example: The seaside pub was frequented by salty old mariners.

Where does mariner come from?

The first records of the word mariner come from the 1200s. It ultimately comes from the Latin word marīnus, meaning “marine” (of or relating to the sea or ocean). The suffix -er is used to indicate a person’s occupation (as it is in words like farmer and lawyer).

The word mariner can refer to both professional and amateurs sailors. The term master mariner is a title that can be earned by completing a professional certification that allows a person to operate a naval vessel of any size. Still, the term mariner is not commonly used in general discussion of ships and sailing.

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How is mariner used in real life?

Outside of its use in the name of the Seattle Mariners baseball team, mariner is much less commonly used than sailor, which means the same thing.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of mariner?

A. sailor
B. seaman
C. fisherman
D. seafarer

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British Dictionary definitions for mariner (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmærɪnə) /

a formal or literary word for seaman

Word Origin for mariner

C13: from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin marīnus marine

British Dictionary definitions for mariner (2 of 2)

/ (ˈmærɪnə) /

any of a series of US space probes launched between 1962 and 1971 that sent back photographs and information concerning the surface of Mars and Venus and also studied interplanetary matter
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