A sailor, seaman, mariner, or seafarer is a person who works aboard a watercraft as part of its crew, and may work in any one of a number of different fields that are related to the operation and maintenance of a ship.
The profession of the sailor is old, and the term sailor has its etymological roots in a time when sailing ships were the main mode of transport at sea, but it now refers to the personnel of all watercraft regardless of the mode of transport, and encompasses people who operate ships professionally or recreationally, be it for a military navy or civilian merchant navy. In a navy, there may be further distinctions: sailor may refer to any member of the navy even if they are based on land; while seaman may refer to a specific enlisted rank.
That which sails; a boat.
obsolete form of sailor
A person in the business of navigating ships or other vessels
someone knowledgeable in the practical management of ships
“he’s a talented sailor”
A member of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.
a person who sails sailing boats as a sport or recreation; see also yachtsman.
Any of various Neptis, Pseudoneptis and Phaedyma, having white markings on a dark base and commonly flying by gliding.
a sailing boat or ship of specified power or manner of sailing
“the great ships were abominable sailers: sluggish and difficult to manoeuvre”
“a motor sailer”
a 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
“Hawaii was an important stopping point for sailors to restock provisions”
a person who goes sailing as a sport or recreation
“he is a keen sailor in his spare time”
a person who rarely (or often) becomes sick at sea in rough weather.