ship·​mate ˈship-ˌmāt How to pronounce shipmate (audio)
: a fellow sailor

Examples of shipmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ship was refurbished in 2019 and offers 10 dining options, a full-service Starbucks, and a casino for late-night bonding around the blackjack table with your new shipmates. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 Many have no grave to call their own, entombed beneath the seas in the arms of their shipmates. The Editors, National Review, 27 May 2024 In the meantime, the shipmates waited in a city far from their homes. William Wan, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 His shipmates bury him on land, marking his grave with his prosthetic wooden horse leg., 26 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for shipmate 

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First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shipmate was in 1748

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“Shipmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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ship·​mate -ˌmāt How to pronounce shipmate (audio)
: a fellow sailor

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