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

Definition of shipmate

: a fellow sailor

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Pearl Harbor survivor: 'A great thing to honor all the shipmates' In Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of the last three surviving crew members of the battleship Arizona gave the idea his thumbs up. Shaun Mckinnon, azcentral, "U.S. Navy will name new submarine the USS Arizona, recalling ship at Pearl Harbor," 23 Dec. 2019 Theim and shipmate Melissa Cook, an educator from Seattle, were the two teacher fellows aboard the National Geographic Explorer, a state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how a Mukwonago teacher brought her National Geographic trip to the High Arctic back to her classroom," 4 Feb. 2020 For five years the shipmates labored in the cotton, rice, and sugarcane fields. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of shipmate

1748, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2020

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“Shipmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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