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.

Origin of mariner

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French marinier. See marine, -er2

Synonyms for mariner

1. seafarer. See sailor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mariner

Contemporary Examples of mariner

Historical Examples of mariner

  • "He couldna see her bones, nor her his bow-legs," the mariner phrased it.

  • In common with other ancients they knew the principle of the mariner's compass.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • Shall I appoint a mariner to be skipper of my vessel, or a landsman?

  • Upon the middle one are the lighthouses that warn the mariner.

  • There was no mariner who sailed the seas so insignificant as not to be hailed by Esther.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for mariner



a formal or literary word for seaman

Word Origin for mariner

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



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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Word Origin and History for mariner

mid-13c., from Anglo-French mariner, Old French marinier "seaman, sailor" (12c.), from Medieval Latin marinarius "sailor," from Latin marinus "of the sea" (see marine). Earlier and long more common than sailor. A sailor also could be a brimgeist in Old English.

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