mess·​mate | \ ˈmes-ˌmāt How to pronounce messmate (audio) \

Definition of messmate

: a person with whom one regularly takes mess (as on a ship)

Examples of messmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the bacteria found inside those that received messmate microbes changed a lot., "Scientists look for ways to counter the dietary dilemma of koalas - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 As Rigg, an old friend of mine, later told me, Liebling put himself at ease during the pause, most notably as a messmate. Roger Angell, The New Yorker, "Witnesses to D Day," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of messmate

1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Messmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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