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 Zoya tells a shipmate that her family lives in Ravka. Nick Schager,, "Shadow and Bone binge-watch recap: Episodes 1-8," 23 Apr. 2021 Tunnell used his bare hands to beat out flames that had engulfed a shipmate, suffering burns in the process. Fox News, "Coast Guard honors Black veteran, NFL great Emlen Tunnell," 7 Feb. 2021 Leibold later received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroic conduct for supporting a shipmate in the water for eight hours. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet the last survivor of a legendary World War II sub," 31 Aug. 2020 When the ship received clearance, nonessential shipmates were able to head home, including Riche. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cruise ship performer returns home to Menomonee Falls after industry is halted by the coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Even if a shipmate were to show flu symptoms, the case could be made that isolation would have prevented its spread to anyone else. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "More than 90,000 cruise crewmembers left to battle coronavirus – at times without pay," 8 Apr. 2020 More than 30 Arizona crew members have chosen to be interred with their shipmates upon their death. Sara Netzley,, "NCIS recap: Gibbs probes the wounds of Pearl Harbor," 15 Apr. 2020 So should Crozier be lauded for looking out for his shipmates, or damned for going around the chain of command? Benedict D. Capaldi, National Review, "A Captain’s Duty," 7 Apr. 2020 Long John Silver, the story’s most fabled character, hurls his crutch at the back of an innocent shipmate, knocking him to the ground — then hops over to stab the man with a knife. Kevin Baker, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘Treasure Island’," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of shipmate

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shipmate was in 1748

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4 May 2021

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“Shipmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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