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[mes-meyt] /ˈmɛsˌmeɪt/
a person, especially a friend, who is a member of a group regularly taking meals together, as in an army camp.
Origin of messmate
First recorded in 1720-30; mess + mate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Did you not say it was an unpublished song written by a messmate of yours?

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • About noon we passed by "Chantilly," the home of my messmate, Wash.

  • messmate o' mine on the Bedford, and afore that on the Vesuvius bomb.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • We mix them nicely up here, and throw in a thief for a messmate.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • Jack did not grudge his messmate the honour, though he liked to be first when he could.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Terence listened, and responded in the same tone to his messmate.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • "An old college chum and messmate of mine," Berrington said.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • My eye, Buck, messmate, fancy what it would be if he had nine tails!

    Dead Man's Land George Manville Fenn
  • I was only wondering, sir, whether him or she had a messmate down in the hole.

    Dead Man's Land George Manville Fenn
  • As he did so he saw by the uniform that it was his own messmate Voules.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for messmate


a person with whom one shares meals in a mess, esp in the army
(Austral) any of various eucalyptus trees that grow amongst other species
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Word Origin and History for messmate

1746, from mess (n.) + mate (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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