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 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 Both completed Hell Week several years ago, one as an enlisted seaman and the other as an officer. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2014 Son of a successful dry goods merchant, Olmsted tried his hand as a seaman, farmer and writer before coming into park design amid the grime and sprawl of the industrial revolution. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 20 Apr. 2022 The seaman was seen carrying a heavy bucket down into the ship’s lower vehicle storage area just after 8 a.m., according to a sailor who was on watch who testified at Mays’ preliminary Article 32 hearing in December. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Nevertheless, Shackleton pressed on, leaving two of the team on the shore and crossing the uncharted interior with two others, Worsley and Irish veteran seaman Tom Crean. Barry Neild, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 In the same year, a seaman who dropped out of the SEAL training program after its toughest part — a 50-hour period without sleep — died by suicide. New York Times, 6 Feb. 2022 The death of seaman Derek Lovelace in 2016 during a swimming exercise led to changes that aimed to increase instructor awareness of sailors who might be in physical distress. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 8 Feb. 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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18 May 2022

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“Seaman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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