sea captain


Definition of sea captain

: the master especially of a merchant vessel

Examples of sea captain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its sea captain builder designed the four-pointed gable roof to be hurricane resistant. Nancy Moreland,, "Old Florida is alive and well in sunny Stuart, where the past won’t be forgotten," 29 Oct. 2019 My father looked over the banister, and coming up the stairs was sort of like the apparition of a man who appeared to be like a sea captain, or a sailor type of guy. Allison Stewart,, "Jenny Slate has learned a lot of things, but the art of survival, of self care, has reshaped what she does," 7 Nov. 2019 Located in an old sea captain’s house, this upscale consignment shop is set up like a boutique, with six rooms of clothing, shoes, and accessories in sizes from 0 to 24. Pamela Wright,, "Skip the T-shirt shops, already: Thrift(y) shopping on the Cape," 23 July 2019 Boats were run two at a time and were eligible for different awards, such as stylish sea captains, plus a speed award. Karie Angell Luc,, "Cardboard regatta sets sail at Northbrook Sports Center," 23 July 2019 Dunn’s brother and a local sea captain pulled him to safety. Matt Mccall, National Geographic, "2 weeks, 4 deaths, and the start of America's fear of sharks," 12 June 2019 Mummified, she’d then been sold to an American sea captain. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "What P. T. Barnum Understood About America," 29 July 2019 In his career as an opera composer, Jake Heggie has written about nuns and mad sea captains, death row inmates and the angels among us. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Opera composer Jake Heggie breaks new ground with ‘If I Were You’," 23 July 2019 Another vivid landscape can be seen by walking down Captain's Row, with its cobblestone street and vibrantly painted Federal houses built by 18th century sea captains who docked their ships along Alexandria's wharves. Patti Nickell, Dallas News, "History comes to life in vibrant Alexandria, Va.," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of sea captain

1612, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2020

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“Sea captain.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sea captain

: the captain of a ship that travels on the sea

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