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One who navigates or assists in navigating a ship.

[Middle English, from Old French marinier, from marin, marine; see marine.]


(Nautical Terms) a formal or literary word for seaman
[C13: from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin marīnus marine]


(Astronautics) any of a series of US space probes launched between 1962 and 1971 that sent back photographs and information concerning the surface of Mars and Venus and also studied interplanetary matter


(ˈmær ə nər)

a person who directs or assists in the navigation of a ship; sailor.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French marinier. See marine, -er2]
syn: See sailor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mariner - a man who serves as a sailormariner - a man who serves as a sailor  
able seaman, able-bodied seaman - a seaman in the merchant marine; trained in special skills
boatswain, bo's'n, bos'n, bosun, bo'sun - a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
deckhand, roustabout - a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor
helmsman, steerer, steersman - the person who steers a ship
bargee, bargeman, lighterman - someone who operates a barge
ship's officer, officer - a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"
pilot - a person qualified to guide ships through difficult waters going into or out of a harbor
crewman, sailor - any member of a ship's crew
sea lawyer - an argumentative and contentious seaman
whaler - a seaman who works on a ship that hunts whales


noun sailor, seaman, sea dog, seafarer, hand, salt, tar, navigator, gob (U.S. slang), matelot (slang, chiefly Brit.), Jack Tar, seafaring man, bluejacket He has the weatherbeaten face of a mariner.


A person engaged in sailing or working on a ship:
Informal: salt, tar.
Slang: gob.


[ˈmærɪnəʳ] Nmarinero m, marino m


nSeefahrer m, → Seemann m


[ˈmærɪnəʳ] nmarinaio


(məˈriːn) adjective
of the sea. marine animals; marine law.
a soldier serving on board a ship. He has joined the marines.
mariner (ˈmӕrinə) noun
a sailor. a master mariner.
References in classic literature ?
It seems that some honest mariners of Dover, or Sandwich, or some one of the Cinque Ports, had after a hard chase succeeded in killing and beaching a fine whale which they had originally descried afar off from the shore.
Shipwrecked mariners are always helped along their way.
For, only a little while before he came thither, he had met with a terrible hurricane, or rather a great many hurricanes at once, which drove his fleet of vessels into a strange part of the sea, where neither himself nor any of his mariners had ever sailed.
With so agreeable a prospect before him, Ulysses fancied that he could not do better than go straight to the palace gate, and tell the master of it that there was a crew of poor shipwrecked mariners, not far off, who had eaten nothing for a day or two, save a few clams and oysters, and would therefore be thankful for a little food.
This vapor rose high in the air, and, meeting with a breeze, was wafted seaward, and made to pass over the heads of the hungry mariners.
It was bordered, too, with a great many sweet-smelling flowers, such as the mariners had never seen before.
That, surely, was the "Ancient Mariner," sitting back and apart with washed eyes of such palest blue that they seemed a faded white.
Plenty for all," the Ancient Mariner startled Daughtry by cackling shrilly.
Oodles and oodles of it, gold and gold and better than gold, in cask and chest, in cask and chest, a fathom under the sand," the Ancient Mariner assured him in beneficent cackles.
In this book there was published the poem which of all that Coleridge write is the best known, The Ancient Mariner.
Then on they gladly sailed, the albatross following, until one day the Ancient Mariner, in a mad moment, shot the beautiful bird.
But one day as the Mariner watched the water snakes, the only living things in all that dreadful waste, he blessed them unaware, merely because they were alive.