sea captain


: the master especially of a merchant vessel

Examples of sea captain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Americans held themselves to these same standards: In March 1779, Benjamin Franklin instructed American sea captains to grant safe passage to famed British explorer Captain James Cook should his scientific voyage take him near American ships. Yaakov Zinberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Bright white cottages with red roofs, stately sea captains' homes, two lighthouses, local shops, and water in seemingly every direction (what with the confluence of the river and the Intracoastal Waterway) create vistas at every bend in the road. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, 1 Mar. 2024 There’s an array of sea captains who’d love nothing more than to take you on a romantic sunset cruise of the Bay. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 The trilogy centers on a 16-year-old girl who, when her sea captain father fails to show up for his annual visit at her boarding school, breaks out to search for him. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 Meet Hemingway's Cats Legend has it that the felines that roam the Hemingway Home & Museum, a Spanish Colonial mansion where the author lived throughout the 1930s, are descendants of Snowball, a six-toed cat that a sea captain gave to Hemingway's sons. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 9 Jan. 2024 Throughout, Mary was an enthusiastic partner to her husband’s rapacious collecting, convincing sea captains to fill their cargo holds with crates to take back to England. William Booth, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 The letters were from a man who was not the previous owner's husband, but a sea captain. Lydia Price, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 In 1883, a retired sea captain discovered a spring of artesian mineral water, and Carlsbad became a hub for health seekers and horticulturists alike. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea captain was in 1612

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“Sea captain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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