Definitions

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

  • n. One who navigates or assists in navigating a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sailor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose occupation is to assist in navigating ships; a seaman or sailor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seaman or sailor; one who directs or assists in the navigation of a ship. In law the term also includes a servant on a ship.
  • n. A. Tasmanian name for the bronze-colored shell of any one of several species of the marine gastropod Elenchus, especially E. bellulus. Also called warrener, and pearly necklace shell.

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

  • n. a man who serves as a sailor

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French marinier, from marin, marine; see marine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman mariner, marinier, from Old French marinier, maronnier, from post-classical Latin marinarius ("sailor"), from marīnus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Furthermore, this mariner is not going to Sydney, thank you.

    As Between A Man and A Woman

  • For hours he played on indefatigably, repeating his whole repertory of Frankish discords at least a score of times, and telling all who asked that he had acquired his skill in foreign music by instruction from the greatest living master of the art -- a certain English mariner named William.

    The Valley of the Kings

  • The skill of a mariner is seen in a storm, and, in the distress of the ship, then is the proper time for him to exert himself.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • For nearly a century has he figured in the legends of the prairie "mariner" -- a counterpart of the Flying

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • But we have to seek the great westerly winds well south of the Cape, and that for a mariner is a far harder task.

    Morgan’s Run

  • This is the most natural and the most accurate measure of time for the navigator at sea and the unit of time adopted by the mariner is the apparent solar day.

    Lectures in Navigation

  • Since it was foul, we looked to you, who are called a mariner, to do so.

    Sir Nigel

  • His senses responded only to the sonorous music of the woods; a steadfast wind ringing metallic melody from the pine-tops contented him as the sound of the sea does the sailor; and dear as the odors of the ocean to the mariner were the resinous scents of the forest to him.

    A Mountain Woman

  • But, on reviewing afterwards in conversation such passages as she happened to remember, she laughed at the finest parts, and shocked me by calling the mariner himself "an old quiz;" protesting that the latter part of his homily to the wedding guest clearly pointed him out as the very man meant by Providence for a stipendiary curate to the good Dr. Bailey in his over-crowded church.

    Memorials and Other Papers — Volume 1

  • He even proceeded to deprive captain Pinteado of the service of the boys and others who had been assigned him by order of the merchant adventurers, reducing him to the rank of a common mariner, which is the greatest affront that can be put upon a Portuguese or Spaniard, who prize their honour above all things.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 07

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