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[see-fair-er] /ˈsiˌfɛər ər/
a sailor.
a traveler on the sea.
Origin of seafarer
1505-15; sea + farer Unabridged
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  • It would be unfair to impute a monopoly of superstition to the seafarer.

    Windjammers and Sea Tramps Walter Runciman
  • Kotzebue says that he was the first seafarer who visited the island.

  • From the most ancient times they have been the friends of the seafarer!

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • He was not dying like a seafarer who had fairly earned his reputation.

  • Judging from the tattooing on the backs of his hands, and his red, rugose neck, he was probably a seafarer.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • There, by every nation, every seafarer, he will remain a shunned and abhorred Ishmael for all time.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The wonderful poem of "The seafarer" seems to be in two distinct parts.

    English Literature William J. Long
  • Then he arose quickly, like a seafarer who all at once seeth the land; and he shouted for joy: for he saw a new truth.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "For the crew it is," replied the seafarer gravely, again with the ghost of a wink.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • The seafarer sees it, and thinks that it is an island, and goes to arrive there to prepare his meal.

    Myth-Land F. Edward Hulme
British Dictionary definitions for seafarer


a traveller who goes by sea
a less common word for sailor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seafarer

1510s, from sea + agent noun from fare (n.). The Anglo-Saxon poem known by this name since at least 1842 was untitled in original MS.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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