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

Examples of midshipman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moran served aboard the Ohio with a young midshipman named Chester Nimitz, who later became Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief of Pacific Ocean Areas during World War II. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2022 In addition, the wife of an older midshipman confirmed his death to Radio Liberty, a U.S. government network based outside Russia. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Westminster resident Tim Thomas organized the first Army-Navy football run in 1981 as a midshipman. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 9 Dec. 2021 Second-year midshipman Kay Moore entered the Navy after high school as an enlisted sailor. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Second Lieutenant Hanna Born, just three years old at the time of the attacks, graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2019; her younger sister Heather is a midshipman in the Naval Academy's class of 2023. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 7 Sep. 2021 When his roommate at the Naval Academy said jokingly last year that Andrew Atwill was a homosexual, the midshipman told him to cut it out. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Authorities in Maryland have charged a 29-year-old Annapolis man in the killing of a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman’s mother. NBC News, 15 July 2021 The Naval Academy has identified the midshipman as Leonard Cummings III. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of midshipman

1662, in the meaning defined above

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31 May 2022

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“Midshipman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midshipman. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for midshipman


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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