Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical One that drives or rides in a boat, especially a pleasure craft.
  • n. A stiff straw hat with a flat crown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who travels by boat.
  • n. A straw hat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who drives or rides in a boat
  • n. a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown

Etymologies

From boat +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The boater is the first to be sanctioned by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

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  • Hermansen said the boater is the same fisherman who claimed to have found Ross.

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  • All this must have taken up the most of twenty minutes, yet after getting as far as Mr. Shylock's I remembered that I required what one's hatter (and no one else) calls a "boater," and back I went to order one in addition to the cap.

    Mr. Justice Raffles

  • She peered out at the world from beneath a yellow straw hat - a "boater," with circular crown and flat brim - wore a green wool muffler looped around her neck, and was lost in the immensity of Khristo's sheepskin jacket while he made do with a heavy sweater.

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  • As far as why they decided to bid, Atkinson said LOMDA handles issues such as boater registration and thought their experience with those issues could be of use.

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  • A 39-year-old Fort Pierce man accused of hurling a fish from the North Bridge and allegedly hitting a boater on the head, faces felony and misdemeanor charges, according to an arrest affidavit from the Fort Pierce Police Department.

    Florida Man Charged In Fish Fight

  • "The injured boater couldn't collect damages since the pipeline owner is no longer in business."

    Susan Buchanan: Louisiana Removes Defunct Oil Wells But Hazards Remain

  • Another boater envisioned that this summer would find him taking his skiff on day trips around Long Island with friends and family, rather than just "sitting at the dock and shooting the breeze all day."

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  • If another boater hadn't come along just then to ask a question, I believe I would have acted on my impulse and hugged her!

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  • Instead he is much more taken with squashed boater hats which were added to every single look in the show.

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