ship·​mas·​ter | \ ˈship-ˌma-stər How to pronounce shipmaster (audio) \

Definition of shipmaster

: the master or commander of a ship other than a warship

Examples of shipmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Valleys for topographers and whaling ships, a glacier for a shipmaster’s wife, and a fjord for a Dutch whaling skipper. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2019 The building replaces the iconic Italianate-style Lincoln Building, which was built by shipmaster James B. Lincoln in 1859. Johanna Seltz,, 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shipmaster

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Shipmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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