traveling by sea.
following the sea as a trade, business, or calling.
of, relating to, or occurring during a voyage on the sea.


the business or calling of a sailor.
traveling by sea.

Origin of seafaring

1150–1200; early Middle English safarinde (adj.); see sea, fare, -ing2, -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective (prenominal)

travelling by sea
working as a sailor


the act of travelling by sea
the career or work of a sailor
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Word Origin and History for seafaring

c.1200, from sea + faring (see fare (v.)).

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