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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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 The task force was to take Naval Academy midshipmen on an annual training cruise. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 27, 1954: Explosion rips carrier Bennington," 27 May 2018 In their last hours as midshipmen, members of the graduating class gathered on a plaza overlooking the turf field, milling around a bronze statue of the Navy mascot, Bill the Goat. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "‘Full speed ahead’: Trump salutes Naval Academy graduates," 25 May 2018 In a similar case, three midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., late last year were accused of selling cocaine, ketamine, and LSD to their classmates. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Troops at US nuclear facility convicted for using LSD, other mind-altering drugs," 25 May 2018 The Corps doesn’t participate directly in National Collegiate Athletic Association events, although the U.S. Naval Academy commissions some midshipmen as Marine officers. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Marine Corps tells company to quit using its name to sell promotional baseball jerseys," 22 May 2018

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1662, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
plural midshipmen\ -​mən \

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

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