• "The sailor-pupil climbed into the car."
    "The sailor-pupil climbed into the car."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sailor a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown
    • n sailor a serviceman in the navy
    • n sailor any member of a ship's crew
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Carlo dressed in his sailor suit Carlo dressed in his sailor suit
A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat
Sailor's Knot Sailor's Knot
Sindbad the Sailor Sindbad the Sailor
Seven women and one sailor Seven women and one sailor

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: English sailors were referred to as "limeys" because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy
    • n Sailor 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight
    • n sailor One who sails; a seaman; a mariner; one of the crew of a ship or vessel.
    • n sailor 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1945, the first "floating ice cream parlor" was built for sailors in the western Pacific. This "floating ice cream parlour" could produce ten gallons of ice cream every seven seconds
    • Sailor one who sails in or navigates a ship: a seaman
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.”
  • Isaac Bickerstaffe
    Isaac Bickerstaffe
    “How happy is the sailor's life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.”
  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.”
  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”


Spend like a sailor - Someone who spends their money wildly spends like a sailor.
Swear like a sailor - Someone who is foul-mouthed and uses bad language all the time, swears like a sailor.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. segel, cf. Dut. zeil, Ger. segel.


In literature:

Captain Stede Bonnet enjoyed the tableau and several of his wicked sailors were mimicking the pompous strut of Mr. Peter Arbuthnot Forbes.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
For, with lowered head, he came for Jim as he would for an ugly sailor.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
The Portuguese were the best sailors of Europe and the boldest explorers.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Selkirk was not the first sailor abandoned upon the island of Juan Fernandez.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It was dull, rankling uncertainty, and all the lover fled from him, leaving only the keen sailor with a keen sailor's sense.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
There was no one in the bar-parlour when I entered save a sailor, who was sleeping a drunken, stertorous sleep in a corner.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
He says he's a sailor, and I'm a friend o' sailors.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Sindbad the sailor was not unknown.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Some of the English sailors jumped into their boats and rowed away, some gave in to the Spaniards, and some fought relentlessly.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Now he was a sailor, and had to sail away.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

I hide my eyes in vain,
In vain I try to smile;
That urging vision comes again,
The sailor on his isle,
With none to hear his cry, to help him live--or die!
"A Lonely Moment" by Susan Coolidge
Then buy of your Buttercup — dear Little Buttercup;
Sailors should never be shy;
So, buy of your Buttercup — poor Little Buttercup;
Come, of your Buttercup buy!
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
There is great courage in a land that hath
Liberty guarded by the unearthly seas;
And ev’n to find peace at the last in these
How many a sailor hath sailed down to death!
"The Seas of England" by Walter de la Mare
So are they changed. The angel of the wind,
That speeds the sailor swiftly o'er the flood,
Is the sea demon of the crew behind,
Whose hands are eager for the stain of blood.
"The Swamp Angel" by Anonymous Americas
'Ow would you like it when ashore you goes,
To see the folks all drawin' back their clo'es?
Sayin', "'E is a sailor, 'orrid thing!"
'Ow would you like to 'ear that sailor sing?
"Packet Rat" by Bill Adams
There's a spring in the woods by my sunny home,
Afar from the dark sea's tossing foam;
Oh! the fall of that fountain is sweet to hear,
As a song from the shore to the sailor's ear!
"A Voyager's Dream Of Land" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

USS Nimitz brings 2,800 sailors to Everett.
"Hands-On Sailor" from our August 2008 issue.
"Hands-On Sailor" from our July 2008 issue.
ODU students save sailor's life.
I had never been in a place hosting such a serious slew of cruising sailors all at once.
But the fjord opened my eyes to the strong attraction Patagonia holds for many sailors.
CSADD is a peer-to-peer mentoring program geared toward assisting sailors in making positive decisions in all areas of their lives.
However, it quickly spread throughout the Navy and is now a resource for all sailors.
Popeye the Sailor Man was right.
Remember the children's cartoon from way back, Popeye the Sailor Man.
He's always got one closed and he is a sailor, so it's likely that he lost one handling hooks, or fighting with some aquatic creature.
Popeye the Sailor, created by E.C.
Sony is bringing an all-CGI "Popeye" to the bigscreen, with the iconic sailor man's muscles set to pop in 3D.
The Refreshingly Murky, Mysterious, Mist-Shrouded 'Sailor Twain'.
This 1927 statue was built to commemorate the soldiers and sailors who fought in the Spanish-American War.

In science:

In a pictorial language, F (n, v ) is the probability that a sober man walking at constant speed v , and a drunken sailor stepping forward and backward erratically, both leaving a pub at some initial time, do not meet up to time n.
Statistics of persistent events in the binomial random walk: Will the drunken sailor hit the sober man?
Meanwhile, traditional ways of measuring and modeling the universe soldier (sailor, Marine, and airforce) on.
Astrophysics in 2006
For example, consider the adage, well known to sailors, ”The two happiest days in the life of a boat owner are the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it.” Imagine coding this in a utility function.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets