ship·​mate | \ ˈship-ˌmāt How to pronounce shipmate (audio) \

Definition of shipmate

: a fellow sailor

Examples of shipmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For five years the shipmates labored in the cotton, rice, and sugarcane fields. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 On July 8 the shipmates glimpsed land in the distance. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 Bruner and several fellow shipmates shouted to a sailor on the ship moored next to the Arizona to toss over some rope. NBC News, "Pearl Harbor veteran's interment to be last on sunken Arizona," 6 Dec. 2019 Bruner and several fellow shipmates shouted to a sailor on the ship moored next to the Arizona to toss over some rope. Audrey Mcavoy, USA TODAY, "Pearl Harbor veteran's interment to be the last on the sunken USS Arizona," 6 Dec. 2019 That ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, the anniversary of the attack — and will likely be the last time a crew member’s remains are stored on the battleship, laid to rest with his fellow shipmates, on the bottom of the harbor. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "What Happened to the U.S.S. Arizona After Pearl Harbor?," 6 Dec. 2019 At the football game, set to kick off at 3 p.m. ET, Watson's shipmates from 10th Company will be wearing red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels, the United States Naval Academy said in a statement posted to Facebook. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "The Army-Navy game will honor the three sailors who died in the Pensacola shooting," 14 Dec. 2019 His ashes will join the remains of 44 shipmates who managed to live through the attack but wanted to be laid to rest in the ship. Audrey Mcavoy, Twin Cities, "Ceremony honors those killed in 1941 Pearl Harbor attack," 7 Dec. 2019 The ship was in Dutch Harbor, about 830 miles southwest of Kodiak, for repairs, and on Jan. 26 the two friends were enjoying a night off with a third shipmate, Trevin Hunter. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "Three young Coast Guardsmen went out for a drink on a chilly morning in Dutch Harbor. One never returned.," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shipmate

1748, in the meaning defined above

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“Shipmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shipmate

: a sailor who works or sails on the same ship as another sailor

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