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coxswain

[ kok-suhn ]
/ ˈkɒk sən /
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noun
a person who steers 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; late Middle English cokeswayne; see origin at cockboat, swain

how to pronounce coxswain

The spelling pronunciation [kok-sweyn] /ˈkɒkˌsweɪn/ is almost never used.
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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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