[helmz-muh n]

noun, plural helms·men.

a person who steers a ship.

Origin of helmsman

First recorded in 1615–25; helm1 + 's1 + -man
Related formshelms·man·ship, noun
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noun plural -men

the person at the helm who steers the ship; steersman
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Word Origin and History for helmsman

1620s, from helm (n.1) + man (n.).

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