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[see-muh n] /ˈsi mən/
noun, plural seamen.
a person skilled in seamanship.
a person whose trade or occupation is assisting in the handling, sailing, and navigating of a ship during a voyage, especially one below the rank of officer; sailor.
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. an enlisted person ranking below petty officer.
Origin of seaman
before 900; Middle English seeman, Old English sǣmann. See sea, man1
Related forms
superseaman, noun, plural superseamen.


[see-muh n] /ˈsi mən/
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[kok-ruh n] /ˈkɒk rən/ (Show IPA)
original name of Nellie Bly. Unabridged
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  • Now this carpenter and seaman show themselves no doubt for what they are.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The seaman and travelers awaited their end with lamentations.

  • The wine was brought, and the captain filled the glasses with a seaman's heartiness.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • The mate called a seaman, and passed aft himself to execute the order.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • And, at this, I brought to and looked him up and down and answered him as a seaman should.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
British Dictionary definitions for seaman


noun (pl) -men
a rating trained in seamanship as opposed to electrical engineering, etc
a man who serves as a sailor
a person skilled in seamanship
Derived Forms
seaman-like, adjective
seamanly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for seaman

"a sailor," Old English sæmanna (plural); see sea + man (n.). Cf. Dutch zeeman, German Seemann, Old Norse sjomaðr.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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