midshipman

noun
mid·​ship·​man | \ ˈmid-ˌship-mən , ˌmid-ˈ\

Definition of midshipman

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

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From the grassy spot, the grunts and shouts of dozens of exercising midshipmen on Forrest Sherman Field float up to the grave site. Laurie Kellman, Fox News, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 From the grassy spot, the grunts and shouts of dozens of exercising midshipmen on Forrest Sherman Field float up to the grave site. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 The midshipmen were graduating in January instead of the spring, according to a Washington Post report, to man the warships their commander in chief was building. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Trump’s speech to Naval Academy graduates: A presidential tradition with deep roots," 25 May 2018 After Trump was confirmed as the speaker, several midshipmen expressed reservations in emails to Stephen Wrage, a professor in the political science department. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "President Trump at Naval Academy graduation: 'We are not going to apologize for America'," 25 May 2018 Three decades ago, a tall, slender midshipman landed in South Texas and, using his sturdy back and naval know-how, set forth on building a bubble. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As Kawhi looks elsewhere, a bubble bursts," 16 June 2018 His appearance has thrilled some midshipmen and dismayed others. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Trump’s speech to Naval Academy graduates: A presidential tradition with deep roots," 25 May 2018 The return to his old stomping grounds, where McCain was one of the most popular and legendary midshipmen in his class, ties up a loose end for the 81-year-old senator, whose book suggests is coming to terms with his own mortality. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "John McCain wants to be buried near his Navy pal Chuck Larson, 'back where it all began'," 10 May 2018 About 200,000 Allied sailors and soldiers died; among them, 142 cadet midshipmen. Brian Albrecht, cleveland.com, "38 German subs sank 22 U.S. ships in Battle of the Atlantic 75 years ago," 20 Mar. 2018

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1662, in the meaning defined above

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midshipman

noun

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

midshipman

noun
mid·​ship·​man | \ ˈmid-ˌship-mən \
plural midshipmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of midshipman

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

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