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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.
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for our Gulf Waters from 7 AM to 7 PM today. Winds will be north/northeast around 20 kt, with higher gusts, & seas 4 to 6 ft. Inexperienced mariners or those with small vessels are encouraged to alter plans to avoid these conditions. #txwx pic.twitter.com/aQaydp5OoU
— NWS Corpus Christi (@NWSCorpus) November 2, 2019
Vikings are famously fearsome mariners and their swords were status symbols showing they were trained in swordfighting and had the resources to have one made. This 10th c. Viking sword was a gift of our Bronze Door Society and is likely over 1,000 years old! #MarinerMoment pic.twitter.com/vHfGslzHZx
— The Mariners' Museum (@MarinersMuseum) September 10, 2020
Get your sea legs & meet the mariners of Fishermen’s Terminal: https://t.co/iBITdVQHyv
— Port of Seattle – ⚓️ (@PortofSeattle) June 19, 2017
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How to use mariner in a sentence
The National Hurricane Center in the United States also issued an ashfall advisory for mariners.Volcano on St. Vincent erupts, spewing column of ash amid evacuations|Teo Armus, Anthony Faiola, Matthew Cappucci|April 9, 2021|Washington Post
Mossman was forced to tell his mariners they had to keep working, a conversation that was replicated by captains and ship operators around the world.
The work is risky, demanding and essential — 90 percent of the world’s goods are transported by water — and merchant mariners typically work in months-on, months-off rotations to guard against burnout and the pervasive dangers of life at sea.
The 66-year-old, who is a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, became a merchant mariner because he wanted to see the world.
Long ago, ancient mariners successfully navigated a perilous ocean journey to arrive at Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, a new study suggests.Ancient humans may have deliberately voyaged to Japan’s Ryukyu Islands|Charles Choi|December 3, 2020|Science News
“The immediate effort to cover up what had been done suggested that they realized it was a crime,” said Mariner.Obama's Pentagon Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan, Says Amnesty International|Nico Hines, Sami Yousafzai|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Happiness Like Water, by Chinelo Okparanta; 208 pp., Mariner Books, $15.
Two excellent sources of story material are Professional Mariner and Trains magazine.
The twin whirlpools threatened the affrightened mariner on either side.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
The most furious winds the mariner knows are those which he encounters as he approaches the still centre.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
There was then in the settlement a veteran mariner named William Kidd.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The mariner suffered himself to be persuaded, and within two days landed his passengers in safety at Nieuport.Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
Seeing how the master-mariner honours the magnetic needle, every thoughtful passenger will probably consult it in like manner.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman