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 Walking the Naval Academy’s tidy brick paths, the group came upon a midshipman with a cast, slowly navigating his way across campus on crutches. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "‘I’m not alone’: Burn camp brings together children living with scars," 19 Sep. 2019 But since her tweet appeared, U.S. Military Academy cadets and U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen have been cleared of wrongdoing in separate military investigations. Fox News, "South Carolina Democrat facing backlash after Army, Navy personnel cleared of 'white power' hand-signal allegations," 22 Dec. 2019 Pre-game festivities aired by ESPN on Dec. 14 showed cadets on both sides of the rivalry — two West Point cadets and one Naval Academy midshipman — making gestures as a camera focused on a sideline report. NBC News, "Army-Navy attendees were playing game, not making white-power gestures, West Point says," 20 Dec. 2019 NBC News reports a video appears to show two West Point cadets and a Naval Academy midshipman making the gesture -three extended fingers with the thumb and index finger touching to form a circle - during a report by ESPN’s Rece Davis. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Military investigates possible white power signs flashed at Army-Navy game," 15 Dec. 2019 Cadets at West Point and midshipmen at the Naval Academy in the stands appeared to display the sign during the ESPN broadcast, officials with the two military academies said. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Across the Nation," 15 Dec. 2019 Some of the leadership and midshipmen will wear the Naval Aviation Schools Command patches straight from the flight suits of Watson's Pensacola classmates, the statement read. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "The Army-Navy game will honor the three sailors who died in the Pensacola shooting," 14 Dec. 2019 Most recently, in May, Keago allegedly entered a sleeping female midshipman’s rack in New York City. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Naval Academy Midshipman Accused of Sexually Assaulting Female Classmates While They Were Sleeping," 23 Oct. 2019 In 2018, the academy launched an investigation after five midshipmen filed complaints against the professor. Brian Witte, baltimoresun.com, "Controversial Naval Academy professor returns, but not to class," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of midshipman

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 23 Feb. 2020.

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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 \

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

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