mid·​ship·​man ˈmid-ˌship-mən How to pronounce midshipman (audio)
: a person in training for a naval commission
especially : a student in a naval academy

Examples of midshipman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And male midshipman fish make droning mating calls that can reach 130 decibels. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Feb. 2024 The black-and-white photos inside—of McCain beside his A-4, of Webb in the jungle, of North in his midshipman’s uniform—stared back at her across the decades. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 Naval Academy Athletic Association Senior Award: Given to midshipmen who wins three varsity letters in one sport and who participated in that same sport for four years. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 29 June 2023 For Annapolis, that means the brigade of about 4,400 midshipmen, as well as about 2,500 faculty and staff, are under the supervision of an acting superintendent. Nick Anderson The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 25 Nov. 2023 The pair corresponded while Jimmy was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. M.l. Nestel, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2023 The officials added that a contributing factor to the behavior problems is that — like other college students around the country — many more cadets and midshipmen are arriving at the academies with previous bad experiences, ranging from assaults and harassment to thoughts of or attempts at suicide. Lolita C. Baldor, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2023 Tharp pointed out there is inherent stress at academies, and students with leadership roles over fellow midshipmen and cadets just a few years younger are not sufficiently equipped to lead or are sometimes responsible for unhealthy power dynamics that foster toxic environments. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 17 Aug. 2023 In the summer, incoming freshmen, or plebes, begin a rigorous training camp (known as Plebe Summer) that turns civilians into midshipmen. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 25 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of midshipman was in 1662

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“Midshipman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midshipman. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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mid·​ship·​man ˈmid-ˌship-mən How to pronounce midshipman (audio)
: a student naval officer

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