able seaman


: an experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine duties at sea

Examples of able seaman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One able seaman, a 39-year-old man named Arokiyam, lives in the village of Alanthalai, an hour south of Tuticorin. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 16 June 2021 Within a week, Brito D'Silva, an able seaman (a senior member of the deck on crew), died of an unspecified illness. Saudamini Jain, CNN, 20 Mar. 2021 The transcript of these conversations, as well as (one-sided) electronic communications among the captain, mates, engineers, able seamen and people ashore, runs to 500 pages. Douglas Preston, New York Times, 1 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of able seaman was in 1657

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“Able seaman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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