brass·​bound·​er | \ ˈbrȧsˈbau̇ndə(r) \

Definition of brassbounder

: a boy bound as a cadet or apprentice on a British merchant ship who is given for a premium paid by the parents certain privileges not allowed to the common sailors

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History and Etymology for brassbounder

so called from the gold binding on the uniform

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“Brassbounder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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