first mate


: the officer on a ship who is most important after the captain

Examples of first mate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The captain is a local guide, the first mate is the chef, and the nightly rate includes housekeeping, meals, drinks, snorkel equipment, and more. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 24 Aug. 2023 The captain's descriptions of goings-on aboard the ship begin ordinarily enough, but within days of being at sea, the ship's first mate disappeared, and before long the crew and passengers were being picked off one by one each night. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 11 Aug. 2023 Unaware that Dracula is onboard, the captain writes how, over the course of their journey, crew members went missing until just he and the first mate were left on the Demeter. Megan McCluskey, Time, 11 Aug. 2023 The captain, Daniel Couch, his first mate and Captain Pip’s Marina and Hideaway didn’t respond Thursday to requests for comment from The Post. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 9 June 2023 Built in 1983 by its former captains, the Schooner Heritage is now owned and sailed by its former first mate, Capt. Ben Welzenbach, and former chef, Capt. Sean Grimes. Hilary Nangle, Travel + Leisure, 4 July 2023 Klaus is Zissou’s emotionally fragile first mate, a role that Dafoe digs into with real exuberance. Joe Reid, Vulture, 26 June 2023 Though it's been a while since viewers saw Daisy and first mate Gary King canoodling in Parsifal III's hot tub last season, Daisy's decision to act on her long-simmering attraction to his newly single wingman Colin came as a surprise. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2023 My manager JoAnne Colonna , Jennifer Plant, and my best first mate Jeannie. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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“First mate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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