ship's papers

plural noun

: the papers a ship is legally required to carry for due inspection to show the character of the ship and cargo

Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ship's papers was in 1830

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“Ship's papers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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