sailor

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Originally an alternative spelling of sailer, the agent noun of sail, which first saw use in the 16th century.

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sailor ‎(plural sailors)

  1. One who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels; one who understands the practical management of ships; one of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.
    • 2008, Cécile Corbel (lyrics and music), “Mary” (song), in Songbook vol. 2 (album, CD), Brittany: Keltia Musique, performed by Cécile Corbel:
      Mary is a sailor
      dreaming of northern shores
      lost galleons on the sea
      Mary ever on her way
  2. a person who sails sailing boats as a sport or recreation; see also yachtsman.

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