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coxswain

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noun cox·swain \ˈkäk-sən, -ˌswān\

Definition of coxswain

  1. 1 :  a sailor who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew and who usually steers

  2. 2 :  a steersman of a racing shell who usually directs the rowers

Origin and Etymology of coxswain

Middle English cokswayne, from cok cockboat (a small boat) + swain servant


First Known Use: 15th century


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coxswain

verb cox·swain

Definition of coxswain

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to direct as coxswain

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to act as coxswain

1928

First Known Use of coxswain

1928


COXSWAIN Defined for English Language Learners

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coxswain

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noun cox·swain \ˈkäk-sən, -ˌswān\

Definition of coxswain for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is in charge of and usually steers a boat (such as a ship's lifeboat)


COXSWAIN Defined for Kids

coxswain

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noun cox·swain \ˈkäk-sən, -ˌswān\

Definition of coxswain for Students

  1. :  the person who steers or directs the rowers of a boat


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