noun, plural men-of-war.
Origin of man-of-war
Examples from the Web for man-of-war
Very true,” replied Jack; “and as for a passage home in a man-of-war that will be more difficult still.Mr. Midshipman Easy|Captain Frederick Marryat
We took of the man-of-war's men thirty-five; several are wounded, and one since dead; twenty-four are sent to headquarters.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
And you know mighty well, you ain't got any man-of-war to signal now.'The Ebb-Tide|Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
William Hotham, their Commodore, was on the man-of-war Preston.
At all events, a call makes people come up fast enough on board a man-of-war, father.Jacob Faithful|Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for man-of-war
man o' war
noun plural men-of-war or men o' war
Word Origin and History for man-of-war
late 14c., "a soldier," from man (n.) + war. Meaning "vessel equipped for warfare" is from late 15c. Man in the sense of "a ship" is attested from late 15c. in combinations (e.g. merchantman). The sea creature known as the Portuguese man-of-war (1707) is so called for its sail-like crest.