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a person or thing that bathes.
bathers, (used with a plural verb) Australian Informal. a bathing suit.
Historical Examples

Simultaneously, a thick and vasty gasp came from the audience, as from five hundred bathers in a wholly unexpected surf.
Penrod Booth Tarkington

After the bath, the bathers were anointed with oil and took refreshments.
Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine James Sands Elliott

bathers should always be counted immediately before going into the water, and immediately after being called out.
Campward Ho! Unknown

Let bathers think of it next time they swallow a gulp of sea water.
The Ocean and its Wonders R.M. Ballantyne

“We might drive to the lighthouse,” Penny proposed, steering to avoid two bathers who crossed in front of the car.
Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt

You sit down at the edge of the water and you watch the bathers.
Original Short Stories, Volume 4 (of 13) Guy de Maupassant

It usually was, too, the signal for a Turkish “hate” of ten minutes or more, to banish the bathers.
Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler

I met, on this occasion, all the bathers who were at the beach.
Original Short Stories, Volume 3 (of 13) Guy de Maupassant

At about half past eleven Jones left the beach, tired of the glare and the bathers, and the sand digging children.
The Man Who Lost Himself H. De Vere Stacpoole

The water-drinkers and the bathers begin their day at half-past six.
Overlooked Maurice Baring

plural noun
(Austral) a swimming costume


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