: a seaman of some experience but not as skilled as an able seaman
Examples of ordinary seaman in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebAfter basic training, he was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ranger as an ordinary seaman.
Mort Mazor, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Nov. 2021 Patrick Reed, previously dubbed Captain America for his Ryder Cup success and antics, was more of an ordinary seaman playing alongside Woods.
Brian Costa, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2018
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