Meaning of “sailor” in the English Dictionary

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"sailor" in British English

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sailornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈseɪ.lər/ us /ˈseɪ.lɚ/

B1 a person who works on a ship, especially one who is not an officer

B1 a person who often takes part in the sport of using boats with sails

a good/bad sailor

someone who is not/often ill when travelling by boat


  • a shipwrecked sailor
  • He was a young sailor on his first sea voyage.
  • A sailor threw a rope ashore and we tied the boat to a post.
  • They bombed two navy gunboats, killing 12 sailors.
  • The race attracts top-class sailors from around the world.

(Definition of “sailor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sailor" in American English

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sailornoun [ C ]

us /ˈseɪ·lər/

a person who operates or works on a boat or ship, or a person in the navy who is not an officer:

My dad is a sailor.

(Definition of “sailor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)