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

Definition of helmsman

: the person at the helm : steersman

Other Words from helmsman

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 My favorite performances came from Chong, Gooding, Bush and Melissa Navia as Enterprise helmsman Erica Ortegas. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 The country had only 20 years earlier ended a brutal war with Japan, but the ship's helmsman was Japanese (Sulu). John Blake, CNN, 1 May 2022 Max works as the helmsman and hauler, while Virginia measures the lobsters and throws back the ones too small to keep. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Aug. 2021 As the helmsman struggled to center the ship, the two pilots also began to argue between themselves, the person said. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 One of the pilots gave a series of unusually aggressive commands, shouting to the ship’s Indian helmsman to steer hard right, then hard left, according to a person familiar with audio recordings from the ship’s voyage data recorder. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of helmsman

1590, in the meaning defined above

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“Helmsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helmsman. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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