merchant ship

noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So the local bartender known as the Colonel (Bill Murray) loads up a duffel bag with Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Chickie signs up for a merchant ship headed for Vietnam, talking his way through war zones with guileless charm. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 1 Oct. 2022 The Mesaba continued as a merchant ship until it was torpedoed by a German submarine while in convoy in 1918. Amarachi Orie And Christian Edwards, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 A century later, Sir George Somers, a British admiral, was sailing the merchant ship Sea Venture to Jamestown with a group of colonists when they were caught in a treacherous storm and shipwrecked here. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 The Russian merchant ship Zhibek Zholy had allegedly carried the grain from the occupied port of Berdiansk to the Turkish port of Karasu. Sarah El Sirgany, CNN, 8 July 2022 The notorious southern commerce raider, CSS Florida, was built in England as a merchant ship called Oreto. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Among the highlights are his outstanding Chippendale collection, George Washington’s dinner service, brought from China on the first merchant ship making that journey, and several large sterling-silver tankards made by Paul Revere. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The men are working on a merchant ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean when World War II breaks out. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 10 May 2022 The Panama-flagged 60,000-ton merchant ship carrying around 4,000 luxury cars—including models from Porsche, Bentley, Audi, Lamborghini and other Volkswagen AG brands—caught fire in February and burned intensely for days. William Boston, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of merchant ship was in the 15th century

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“Merchant ship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchant%20ship. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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