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

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Examples of seaman in a Sentence

a weathered old seaman who now captains a tour boat

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Don’t miss the cemetery, either, where the carvings atop each tombstone indicate that person’s station in life (a fez headdress was reserved for government officials, a turban for someone of the religious order, an anchor for a seaman, and so on). Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Ukraine, which insists its seamen are prisoners of war, has asked the International Red Cross to arrange a visit to see them. Yuras Karmanau, The Seattle Times, "Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick," 28 Nov. 2018 In 1943, Daryl Weathers was a 19-year-old seaman aboard the destroyer USS Abner Read, which was conducting an anti-submarine patrol in the remote Aleutian Islands. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stern of US WW II destroyer discovered near remote Alaskan island: Survivor recounts harrowing day," 16 Aug. 2018 First discovered in 1799, the invasive species was the bane of seamen everywhere because of their tendency to devour wood. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Gribble Worm Could Hold Secrets for Cheaper Renewable Energy," 5 Dec. 2018 The maritime officials handled the imaginary rescue of a merchant seaman who fell overboard from a cargo ship deck off the north Australian coast near the city of Darwin. Washington Post, "Australia boosts Indian Ocean travel safety after MH370," 21 Feb. 2018 The passion for fairness and justice extended to our own military when a private was poorly seaman was overworked in terrible conditions, John enjoyed nothing more than dressing down an admiral or a general. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George W. Bush's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 In the 19th century, soldiers and seamen were just as likely to die from malnutrition as from battle, until canning was developed by the French chef Nicholas Appert. Nicola Temple, WSJ, "Give Processed Food a Break," 4 May 2018 Finn was assigned to the Navy’s V-12 College Training Program as an apprentice seaman, with the possibility of finishing his engineering training with a bachelor of science degree. Paul Wood, The Seattle Times, "EXCHANGE: Veteran talks about building during wartime," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of seaman

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

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seaman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seaman

: an experienced sailor
: a sailor in the U.S. or British Navy or the U.S. Coast Guard who is not an officer

seaman

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

Kids Definition of seaman

1 : a person who helps in the handling of a ship at sea : sailor
2 : an enlisted person in the navy or coast guard ranking above a seaman apprentice

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