helms·​man | \ ˈhelmz-mən How to pronounce helmsman (audio) \

Definition of helmsman

: the person at the helm : steersman

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helmsmanship \ ˈhelmz-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce helmsman (audio) \ noun

Examples of helmsman in a Sentence

had a complaint and demanded to talk to the helmsman of this vast construction project, not some underling
Recent Examples on the Web Although born in Australia, the helmsman also holds U.S. citizenship. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2021 Then 26, Burling was the youngest helmsman in the 170-year history of the America’s Cup. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 8 May 2021 The New Zealand victory is particularly noteworthy for Peter Burling, the 30-year-old helmsman who has led Team New Zealand to two consecutive America’s Cup victories. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2021 In December, Spithill was named CEO and helmsman of the U.S. team in the global SailGP league. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 Buffet praised Fed chair Jay Powell on Saturday for his forceful action, ranking him alongside Paul Volcker as one of the best central-bank helmsmen in modern history. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 5 May 2020 In the next minute, Sanchez ordered the helmsman to place the IBNS into backup mode. T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, 20 Dec. 2019 Remembered primarily as the helmsman of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s and namesake of the Super Bowl trophy, Lombardi has been ranked as one of the top 10 greatest coaches in the history of American sports. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, 16 Dec. 2019 As the chief helmsman of a private preparatory school, Mr. Sturtevant was an anomaly. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of helmsman

1590, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of helmsman was in 1590

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“Helmsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helmsman. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of helmsman

: a person (especially a man) who steers a ship or boat

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