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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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  • Simultaneously, a thick and vasty gasp came from the audience, as from five hundred bathers in a wholly unexpected surf.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • After the bath, the bathers were anointed with oil and took refreshments.

  • bathers should always be counted immediately before going into the water, and immediately after being called out.

    Campward Ho! Unknown
  • Let bathers think of it next time they swallow a gulp of sea water.

    The Ocean and its Wonders R.M. Ballantyne
  • “We might drive to the lighthouse,” Penny proposed, steering to avoid two bathers who crossed in front of the car.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • You sit down at the edge of the water and you watch the bathers.

  • It usually was, too, the signal for a Turkish "hate" of ten minutes or more, to banish the bathers.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • I met, on this occasion, all the bathers who were at the beach.

  • At about half past eleven Jones left the beach, tired of the glare and the bathers, and the sand digging children.

    The Man Who Lost Himself H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • The water-drinkers and the bathers begin their day at half-past six.

    Overlooked Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for bathers


plural noun
(Austral) a swimming costume
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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