coxswain

[ kok-suh n, -sweyn ]
/ ˈkɒk sən, -ˌsweɪn /

noun

the steersman of a racing shell.
a person who is in charge of a ship's boat and its crew, under an officer, and who steers it.

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Origin of coxswain

First recorded in 1425–75, coxswain is from the late Middle English word cokeswayne. See cockboat, swain
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British Dictionary definitions for coxswain

coxswain
/ (ˈkɒksən, -ˌsweɪn) /

noun

the helmsman of a lifeboat, racing shell, etcAlso called: cockswain

Word Origin for coxswain

C15: from cock a ship's boat + swain
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