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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 thought Jessop might destroy it; but there was no fight in the mariner.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • When Biddle fell, Amos, with the instinct of the mariner, had rushed towards the unmanned helm.

  • Here, I thought, was a mariner after my husband's own heart.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • It is like the point of a compass, the north star that the mariner sees, or the star of the desert.

  • Their appearance is generally hailed with delight by the mariner.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • 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
  • Some duties are so clear that they shine like the pole-star which guides the mariner.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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