sailor

[ sey-ler ]
/ ˈseɪ lər /

noun

a person whose occupation is sailing or navigation; mariner.
a seaman below the rank of officer.
a naval enlistee.
a person adept at sailing, especially with reference to freedom from seasickness: He was such a bad sailor that he always traveled to Europe by plane.
a flat-brimmed straw hat with a low, flat crown.

Origin of sailor

1540–50; earlier sailer; see sail, -or2

SYNONYMS FOR sailor

1 seafarer. Sailor, mariner, salt, seaman, tar are terms for a person who leads a seafaring life. A sailor or seaman is one whose occupation is on board a ship at sea, especially a member of a ship's crew below the rank of petty officer: a sailor before the mast; an able-bodied seaman. Mariner is a term now found only in certain technical expressions: master mariner (captain in merchant service); mariner's compass (ordinary compass as used on ships); formerly used much as “sailor” or “seafaring man,” now the word seems elevated or quaint: Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Salt and tar are informal terms for old and experienced sailors: an old salt; a jolly tar.

Related forms

sail·or·like, adjectivesail·or·ly, adjectivenon·sail·or, noun

Can be confused

sailer sailor (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for sailor

sailor

/ (ˈseɪlə) /

noun

any member of a ship's crew, esp one below the rank of officer
a person who sails, esp with reference to the likelihood of his becoming seasicka good sailor

Derived Forms

sailorly, adjective
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