Definition of sailor in English:


Syllabification: sail·or
Pronunciation: /ˈsālər


1A person whose job it is to work as a member of the crew of a commercial or naval ship or boat, especially one who is below the rank of officer.
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  • The sailors on the patrol boat thought I was going to fall, so grabbed me by my clothes.
  • As dawn broke, with the master's consent, sailors from the USS Bunker Hill boarded the vessel.
  • He looked ahead and a saw a large crowd of sailors gathering around a docked ship.
informal (old) salt, sea dog, rating, bluejacket
British matelot
1.1 [usually with adjective] A person who goes sailing as a sport or recreation: she was a keen sailor
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  • She had wide interests, was a keen dinghy sailor and took an active part in youth welfare.
  • Teddy had always been a keen and intrepid sailor, and after retiring he went to live in St Mawes where he had first learned to sail as a boy.
  • He was a member of the sailing club and stalwart sailor and racer who lost his life at sea last year.
1.2 (a good/bad sailor) A person who rarely (or often) becomes sick at sea in rough weather.
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  • Hamnavoe is a great ship, I'm not a good sailor, but I have never been sick on it yet even in rough weather, which was not the case with the Ola.
  • I'm not a good sailor and am bringing along a good supply of patches, dramamine, and ginger pills; sounds like they'll be essential since we'll embark from Ushuaia. Do you have any other suggestions for minimizing seasickness?


mid 17th century: variant of obsolete sailer.



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  • Fielding took a large swig from the mug in true sailorly fashion.
  • I found health and happiness living free in the sailorly life on unpolluted oceans, and you can, too.
  • Tom Waits's 1985 album Rain Dogs contains the lyric "Sixteen men on a dead man's chest" and other piratical and sailorly phrases.

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