Etymology
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boater (n.)

"stiff, flat straw hat," 1896, from boat (n.). So called for being suitable to wear while boating.

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Definitions of boater

boater (n.)
a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown;
Synonyms: leghorn / Panama / Panama hat / sailor / skimmer / straw hat
boater (n.)
someone who drives or rides in a boat;
Synonyms: boatman / waterman
From wordnet.princeton.edu