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  1. a sailor.
  2. a traveler on the sea.
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Origin of seafarer

1505–15; sea + farer
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  • Kotzebue says that he was the first seafarer who visited the island.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

    A.E. Nordenskieold

  • "For the crew it is," replied the seafarer gravely, again with the ghost of a wink.

  • From the most ancient times they have been the friends of the seafarer!

    South America To-day

    Georges Clemenceau

  • He was not dying like a seafarer who had fairly earned his reputation.

  • There, by every nation, every seafarer, he will remain a shunned and abhorred Ishmael for all time.


    David W. Bone

British Dictionary definitions for seafarer


  1. a traveller who goes by sea
  2. a less common word for sailor
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Word Origin and History for seafarer


1510s, from sea + agent noun from fare (n.). The Anglo-Saxon poem known by this name since at least 1842 was untitled in original MS.

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