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chief mate

noun, Nautical.
Also called chief officer.

first mate

the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the captain.
Also called chief mate, chief officer, first officer, mate. Unabridged
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  • chief-officer Fritz Schweitzer is a perfect spy and a first-class officer of submarines.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • His chief-officer informed them that he had left the town early in the morning, and would not return till the afternoon.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for chief-officer

first mate

an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant ship Also called first officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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