mer·​chant·​man | \ ˈmər-chənt-mən How to pronounce merchantman (audio) \

Definition of merchantman

1 archaic : merchant
2 : a ship used in commerce

Examples of merchantman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These preyed upon American merchantmen who either payed tribute or showed forged British passes. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 The Navy already has ships in the fleet that are former merchantmen. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Navy Turn Merchant Ships into Floating Missile Magazines?," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of merchantman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Merchantman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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