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sailor definition


This page has 5 definitions of sailor in English. Sailor is a noun. Examples of how to use sailor in a sentence are shown. Also define these 9 related words and terms: mariner, sail, sailing boat, sport, recreation, yachtsman, nymphalid, genus, and glide.

See also: Sailor


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Alteration of earlier sailer, from Middle English sailer, sayler, saylere, equivalent to sail +‎ -or. Cognate with German Segler (sailor). Eclipsed non-native Middle English marinel, marynell (sailor) borrowed from Old French marinel (sailor). See mariner.



sailor (plural sailors)

  1. A person in the business of navigating ships or other vessels
  2. Someone knowledgeable in the practical management of ships.
    He's a talented sailor and has spent many years at sea.
  3. A member of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.
  4. A person who sails sailing boats as a sport or recreation.
    Coordinate term: yachtsman
    • Sail definition
      A piece of fabric attached to a boat and arranged such that it causes the wind to drive the boat along. The sail may be attached to the boat via a combination of mast, spars and ropes. (1 of 12 sail definitions)
    • Sport definition
      Any activity that uses physical exertion or skills competitively under a set of rules that is not based on aesthetics. (1 of 14 sport definitions)
  5. Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genera Neptis, Pseudoneptis and Phaedyma, having white markings on a dark base and commonly flying by gliding.
    • Glide definition
      To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly. (1 of 4 glide definitions)


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