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[bey-th er] /ˈbeɪ ðər/
a person or thing that bathes.
bathers, (used with a plural verb) Australian Informal. a bathing suit.
Origin of bather
1630-40; bathe + -er1; cf. -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Wrapped in this fine tissue, she was more like an antique marble statue of a bather than a live woman.

  • There it paused as a bather pauses ere she steps into the fountain.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • Shouting, "I come," I raised my hands above my head and dived as a bather dives, dived into the black gulf beneath.

    Ayesha H. Rider Haggard
  • The bather, the shoulders of Orion-they all meant nothing, and were going nowhere.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Her expression was that of a bather enjoying the cool fresh water that laved and gurgled round her.

  • The bather stands in the centre of the apparatus, with the ribs encircling him.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • A bather plunged into the pool with a tremendous splash, but Paul did not waken.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • In the sense of luxurious ease with which it envelops the bather, it is unrivaled on earth.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • In this connection, I believe it can be compared with the bather who goes into the water one step at a time.

  • This was followed by the rustling of garments as the bather dressed.

    A Daughter of the Dons William MacLeod Raine

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