mess·​mate ˈmes-ˌmāt How to pronounce messmate (audio)
: 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., 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, 6 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of messmate was in 1664

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“Messmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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mess·​mate ˈmes-ˌmāt How to pronounce messmate (audio)
: a member of a mess (as on a ship)

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