mid·​ship·​man | \ ˈmid-ˌship-mən How to pronounce midshipman (audio) , ˌmid-ˈship- \

Definition of midshipman

: a person in training for a naval commission especially : a student in a naval academy

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Recent Examples on the Web In the spring, Midshipman Sydney Barber will become the first Black woman to serve as brigade commander – the highest post for a midshipman – at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Solar power use boosts teacher pay, and more," 4 Dec. 2020 It’s a top leadership position that enables a midshipman to lead peers in achieving the goals of the brigade. NBC News, "Naval Academy midshipman reaches a milestone for Black women," 3 Dec. 2020 Josh Kaplowitz, a 2nd class midshipman, found a quiet place near the State House to sit and talk to his mother. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s college bars and restaurants offer students an escape, but not from the masks and social distancing of the pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 Upon graduation, cadets and midshipmen are commissioned as U.S. military officers. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Two senior cadets, among 1,000 seniors isolated at the Air Force Academy, died by suicide within days," 30 Mar. 2020 Bancroft Hall is the massive dormitory complex where all 4,500 midshipmen at the Naval Academy live. Ralph Ellis And Melissa Alonso, CNN, "Naval Academy football player dies after he was found unresponsive in dorm," 22 Feb. 2020 The midshipman’s name was not immediately released, pending the notification of relatives. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Midshipman dies at Naval Academy in Annapolis," 21 Feb. 2020 The midshipman will be identified within 24 hours once the family has been notified, the Naval Academy tweeted. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Midshipman dies during a physical fitness test, Naval Academy says," 9 Feb. 2020 The academy posted a message to Facebook confirming the death and offering support to the midshipman's relatives. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Midshipman dies during physical readiness test, Naval Academy says," 9 Feb. 2020

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1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Midshipman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midshipman. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of midshipman

: someone who is being trained to become an officer in the U.S. Navy
: an officer who is of the lowest rank in the British Navy


mid·​ship·​man | \ ˈmid-ˌship-mən How to pronounce midshipman (audio) \
plural midshipmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of midshipman

: a person who is training to become an officer in the navy

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