seaman

noun
sea·​man | \ ˈsē-mən How to pronounce seaman (audio) \

Definition of seaman

2a : any of the three ranks below petty officer in the navy or coast guard
b : an enlisted man in the navy or coast guard ranking above a seaman apprentice and below a petty officer

Examples of seaman in a Sentence

a weathered old seaman who now captains a tour boat
Recent Examples on the Web Only a New Orleans appeals court had upheld the requirement that prosecutors prove simple negligence to win a seaman's manslaughter conviction. Brian Melley, ajc, 2 Sep. 2022 Prosecutors allege Mays was disgruntled working as a deck seaman on the ship. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 The oldest of three children, she was born Joy Manson in Liverpool, England, on March 20, 1931, to a merchant seaman and a nurse. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 The avid seaman suffered an accident while diving recreationally, which left him quadriplegic. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 12 Aug. 2022 His father, Fince, was a merchant seaman, and his mother, Rose, was a homemaker. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 Uh, Cleveland Siemens, second-class Albert, Raymond Kelly, and also a seaman and Juno Angelo, Anthony Sudano of nine. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 31 May 2022 Prosecutors allege Mays was disgruntled working as a deck seaman on the ship. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2022 After becoming a seaman in 2021, Kyle Mullen was training as a SEAL candidate. Kiran Dhillon, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of seaman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Sep 2022

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“Seaman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seaman. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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seaman

noun
sea·​man | \ ˈsē-mən How to pronounce seaman (audio) \
plural seamen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of seaman

1 : an experienced sailor
2 : an enlisted person in the navy or coast guard ranking above a seaman apprentice

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