- first mate.
- any of a number of officers of varying degrees of rank subordinate to the master of a merchant ship.
- an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
verb (used without object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
- mate's rates,
Origin of mate1
noun, verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing, interjection
Origin of mate2
Origin of maté
Examples from the Web for mate
And then I said, ‘Well, chief, when the admiral comes aboard, the first mate has to pipe him in.’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Read the profile of a 36-year-old man, and he'll say he's looking for a mate between, oh, 26 and 42.Heartache by the Numbers and OkCupid’s Founder Has Got Yours|Will Doig|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Benedict Cumberbatch is a mate of mine, and we did a charity show at the Old Vic together,” said Redmayne.Oscar's Battle of the Brits: Pals Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne Vie for the Gold|Marlow Stern|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But no worries, mate, you will make it all up by selling T-shirts at your gigs.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV|Ted Gioia|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A mate was now sent into each, to ascertain what might be discovered to windward.Sea Stories|Various
His mate broke into a laugh, but made no attempt to rescue him.Chatterbox, 1905.|Various
I cannot desert my aunt, nor can I quit the Swash alone in company with her mate.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef|James Fenimore Cooper
The knife was uplifted as the mate felt the grip of the man upon his collar, but the blow was not struck.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
Only from far away came the murmur of the sluggish waters of the Maros, and from its shores the call of a heron to its mate.A Bride of the Plains|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
- informal, mainly British, Australian and NZ a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
- (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etca classmate; a flatmate
- short for first mate
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- a warrant officer's assistant on a ship
Word Origin for mate
Word Origin for maté
"associate, fellow, comrade," mid-14c., also "companion" (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat "mate," Dutch maat, from German. Meaning "one of a wedded pair" is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning "officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c.
"checkmate," c.1300, from Old French mater "to checkmate, defeat, overcome," from mat "checkmated" (see checkmate (v.)).
c.1500, "to equal, rival," 1590s as "to match, couple, marry, join in marriage," from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding." Related: Mated; mating.
in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).