[ nav-i-gey-ter ]
/ ˈnæv ɪˌgeɪ tər /


a person who navigates.
a person who practices, or is skilled in, navigation, as of ships or aircraft.
a person who conducts explorations by sea.
British. a navvy.

Nearby words

  1. navigation,
  2. navigation act,
  3. navigation acts,
  4. navigational,
  5. navigational satellite,
  6. navigator islands,
  7. navratilova,
  8. navratilova, martina,
  9. navsat,
  10. navstar global positioning system

Origin of navigator

First recorded in 1580–90, navigator is from the Latin word nāvigātor a sailor, mariner. See navigate, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for navigator


/ (ˈnævɪˌɡeɪtə) /


a person who is skilled in or performs navigation, esp on a ship or aircraft
(esp formerly) a person who explores by ship
an instrument or device for assisting a pilot to navigate an aircraft
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for navigator



1580s, "one who navigates," from Latin navigator "sailor," agent noun from navigat-, stem of navigare (see navigation). Meaning "laborer employed in excavating a canal" is 1775, from sense in inland navigation "communication by canals and rivers" (1727).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper