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[mar-uh-ner] /ˈmær ə nər/
a person who directs or assists in the navigation of a ship; sailor.
(initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. space probes that obtained scientific information while flying by or orbiting around the planets Mars, Mercury, and Venus.
Origin of mariner
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French marinier. See marine, -er2
1. seafarer. See sailor. Unabridged
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  • "A vision of goblins," said the mariner, when he had got his breath.

  • "He couldna see her bones, nor her his bow-legs," the mariner phrased it.

  • When Biddle fell, Amos, with the instinct of the mariner, had rushed towards the unmanned helm.

  • There was no mariner who sailed the seas so insignificant as not to be hailed by Esther.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It is like the point of a compass, the north star that the mariner sees, or the star of the desert.

  • I have seen a deal of life, and have been a mariner this thirty year or more.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • The air became hot, clouds rose rapidly over the sky, and the barometer—that faithful friend of the mariner—fell unusually low.

    Philosopher Jack R.M. Ballantyne
  • You rescue the mariner from shipwreck without wetting your feet.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for mariner


a formal or literary word for seaman
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin marīnusmarine


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
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Word Origin and History for mariner

mid-13c., from Anglo-French mariner, Old French marinier "seaman, sailor" (12c.), from Medieval Latin marinarius "sailor," from Latin marinus "of the sea" (see marine). Earlier and long more common than sailor. A sailor also could be a brimgeist in Old English.

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