first mate

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noun

the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the captain.

Nearby words

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  2. first law of thermodynamics,
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  4. first light,
  5. first lord,
  6. first messenger,
  7. first minister,
  8. first molar,
  9. first mortgage,
  10. first mover

Also called chief mate, chief officer, first officer, mate.

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first mate

noun

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