helms·​man ˈhelmz-mən How to pronounce helmsman (audio)
: the person at the helm : steersman
helmsmanship 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 Melges, a surprise choice for a Cup helmsman at 62, split the driving duties with Koch and the young racing champion David Dellenbaugh to dispatch Italy’s Ill Moro di Venezia four races to one, defending the silver America’s Cup trophy for the United States. Chris Museler, New York Times, 22 May 2023 As the helmsman on the Enterprise under Capt. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 2 July 2022 Phelan, a Beaumont Republican in his first session as the House’s helmsman, is under increasing fire from staunch GOP conservatives for appointing Democrats such as Dutton, who is from Houston, as committee chairmen, though having panel leaders of both parties is a tradition of the chamber. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 The helmsman spun the wheel, but to no effect. Annie Murphy Paul, Wired, 15 June 2021 Stubing came up not long after TMTMS finished and then ABC-Entertainment president Fred Silverman pushed for him to be cast in the role of the often saluting seafaring ship helmsman. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 29 May 2021 The sailing organization also call its hydrofoiling boats the F50, in deference to F1, and has changed the name of the helmsman, in traditional yacht-racing parlance, to driver. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2022 Peter Burling, the winning helmsman of the last two America’s Cups, and his team had a number of impressive starts and match-racing maneuvers during two days of racing. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 1 Aug. 2022 My favorite performances came from Chong, Gooding, Bush and Melissa Navia as Enterprise helmsman Erica Ortegas. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 1 Dec. 2023.

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helms·​man ˈhelmz-mən How to pronounce helmsman (audio)
: the person at the helm
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