Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who serves in a navy or works on a ship.
  • n. One who travels by water.
  • n. A low-crowned straw hat with a flat top and flat brim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who sails; a seaman; a mariner; one of the crew of a ship or vessel.
  • n. Synonyms Sailor, Seaman, Mariner. To most landsmen any one who leads a seafaring life is a sailor. Nelson was a great sailor. Technically, sailor applies only to the men before the mast. To a landsman seaman seems a business term for a sailor; technically, seaman includes sailors and petty officers. Mariner is an elevated, poetic, or quaint term for a seaman; shipman is a still older term. The technical use of mariner is now restricted to legal documents. There is no present distinction in name between the men in the navy and those in the merchant marine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown
  • n. a serviceman in the navy
  • n. any member of a ship's crew

Etymologies

From sailer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He added, This sailor is a veritable storehouse of information of all kinds, as he reads and retains everything that comes through.

    Nixon and the Chiefs

  • They knew that drink -- and drink with a sailor is always excessive -- made them mad, but only mildly mad.

    Chapter XVI

  • And by "sailor" is meant, not the average efficient and hopeless creature who is found to-day in the forecastle of deepwater ships, but the man who will take a fabric compounded of wood and iron and rope and canvas and compel it to obey his will on the surface of the sea.

    Small-Boat Sailing

  • And by "sailor" is meant, not the average inefficient and hopeless creature who is found to-day in the forecastles of deepwater ships, but the man who will take a fabric compounded of wood and iron and rope and canvas and compel it to obey his will on the surface of the sea.

    The Joy Of Small-Boat Sailing

  • _________ I think what is being said is that other countries refer to their sailors in some form of the word "marine" as they do not have a distinct separate branch that differentiates a sailor from a marine as in the US military.

    A good M�xico news site

  • On Sunday, China and Japan seemed to be edging past their worst dispute in five years, as Japanese leaders called for "mutually beneficial" ties after China thanked Japan's military for evacuating a sick Chinese sailor from a ship in the Pacific on Saturday.

    China's Army Extends Sway

  • Where some strapping young sailor is game for a little of the old matelotage -- a dash of rum, sodomy and the lash -- we're not going to refrain simply because happenstance finds us in a nation or era with rules against such things.

    Outer Alliance Pride Day

  • Barring captains and mates of big ships, the small-boat sailor is the real sailor.

    SMALL-BOAT SAILING

  • While he devoted more and more of his time to the plantation itself, she took over the house and its multitudinous affairs; and she took hold firmly, in sailor fashion, revolutionizing the system and discipline.

    Chapter 21

  • A rainbow sweater, dirty and the worse for wear, clung loosely to his broad shoulders, and a red cotton handkerchief was knotted in sailor fashion about his throat.

    NAM-BOK THE UNVERACIOUS

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  • Heehee.

    March 20, 2008

  • "'I do love a jolly sailor,' sang the women.

    'Blithe and merry might he be...' A brewer's dray interrupted them... but when they had done with screaming and making gestures at the brewer's men, they sang on

    'Sailors they get all the money,
    Soldiers they get none but brass.
    I do love a jolly sailor,
    Soldiers they may kiss my arse.
    Oh my little rolling sailor,
    Oh my little rolling he,
    I do love a jolly sailor,
    Soldiers may be damned for me.'
    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 234–235

    March 19, 2008