- 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
Related Words for matedcomrade, acquaintance, buddy, companion, bride, roommate, schoolmate, spouse, coworker, playmate, classmate, colleague, sidekick, concomitant, helper, twin, cohort, intimate, duplicate, assistant
Examples from the Web for mated
Contemporary Examples of mated
Syria mated the nerve agent with Scud missiles acquired from the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s.Assad’s Lethal Arsenal of WMD
August 26, 2011
Historical Examples of mated
He was mated with Adolphe, who was inclined to treat him as an inferior.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Laurent found that he was mated to a woman who already had a drowned man for husband.Therese Raquin
Thus Sir Terence, cursing the day when he had mated with a fool.The Snare
In other words, he has made the Adam of Concertos, and you have mated it with the Eve.A Day with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Before April she forgot her trapped friend, and was mated again.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
Word Origin for maté
- 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
"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)).
"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.