Definitions for sailorˈseɪ lər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sail•or*ˈseɪ lər(n.)

  1. a person whose occupation is sailing or navigation; mariner.

  2. a seaman below the rank of officer.

    Category: Military

  3. a naval enlistee.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Military

  4. a flat-brimmed straw hat with a low flat crown.

    Category: Clothing

* Syn: sailor , seaman , mariner , salt 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, esp. 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 found in certain technical expressions: mariner's compass (ordinary compass as used on ships); the word now seems elevated or quaint: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. salt is an informal term for an experienced sailor: an old salt.

Origin of sailor:

1540–50; earlier sailer

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sailor, crewman(noun)

    any member of a ship's crew

  2. bluejacket, navy man, sailor, sailor boy(noun)

    a serviceman in the navy

  3. boater, leghorn, Panama, Panama hat, sailor, skimmer, straw hat(noun)

    a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sailor(noun)ˈseɪ lər

    sb who sails boats or ships as their job or for pleasure


  1. sailor(Noun)

    One who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels; one who understands the practical management of ships; one of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.

  2. Origin: From sailer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sailor(noun)

    one who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels; one who understands the practical management of ships; one of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman


  1. Sailor

    A sailor, seaman, mariner, or seafarer is a person who navigates water-borne vessels or assists as a crew member in their operation and maintenance. The term blue jacket or bluejacket may be used for British or US Navy sailors, the latter especially when deployed ashore as infantry. The Bluejacket's Manual is the basic handbook for United States Navy personnel. 700,000 of the world's mariners come from the Philippines, being the world's largest origin of seafarers. Etymologically, the name "sailor" preserves the memory of the time when ships were commonly powered by sails, but it applies to the personnel of all vessels, whatever their mode of propulsion, and includes military maritime personnel and members of the merchant marine as well as recreational sailors. The term "seaman" is frequently used in the particular sense of a sailor who is not an officer.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A man who makes his living on water but never touches it on shore.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sailor' in Nouns Frequency: #2752

Anagrams of sailor

  1. Losari

Translations for sailor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a member of a ship's crew whose job is helping to sail a ship.

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