noun plural -men

(formerly) a large merchant ship engaged in trade with India

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Examples from the Web for indiaman

Historical Examples of indiaman

  • He was on board the Indiaman that was run down by the transport.


    Charles James Lever

  • One is a calm on the shore at Scarborough; the other the wreck of an Indiaman.

  • The Glutton had been an Indiaman, measuring 1400 tons, and had been purchased into the service.

    Old Jack

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Those were pleasant hours I spent on board the old Indiaman.

  • The large one was, we saw at once, an Indiaman outward bound.