chief mate

noun Nautical.

Also called chief officer.

Definition for chief-officer (2 of 2)

first mate


the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the captain.
Also called chief mate, chief officer, first officer, mate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chief-officer

  • 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
  • Chief-officer Fritz Schweitzer is a perfect spy and a first-class officer of submarines.

    The Secret Service Submarine|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

British Dictionary definitions for chief-officer

first mate


an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant shipAlso called: first officer
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