- 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.
Origin of mate1
noun, verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing, interjection
Origin of mate2
Origin of maté
Related Words for matecomrade, acquaintance, buddy, companion, bride, roommate, schoolmate, spouse, coworker, playmate, classmate, colleague, sidekick, concomitant, helper, twin, cohort, intimate, duplicate, assistant
Examples from the Web for mate
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 3, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
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
October 6, 2014
“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
September 11, 2014
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
August 3, 2014
Historical Examples of mate
The mate had done what he could to prejudice the captain against the boy he hated.
From his dress, and the commands he appeared to be issuing, Robert judged that it was the mate.
The mate with one of the crew came ashore in the boat for help and a doctor.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Next day, the discharged man and the second mate were pressed.
There was a regular hard horse of a boatswain's-mate with us, of the name of McNally.
- informal, mainly British, Australian and NZa 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)).