- 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.
Words nearby mate
Origin of mate1
OTHER WORDS FROM matemate·less, adjective
Definition for mated (2 of 2)
noun, verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing, interjection
Origin of mate2
Examples from the Web for mated
Syria mated the nerve agent with Scud missiles acquired from the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s.
When yellow (not-sable) females were mated to (not-yellow) sable males they gave wild-type (gray) daughters and yellow sons.Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila|Thomas Hunt Morgan
Shining in all their magnificence lay these mated crescents, gently curved and softly rounded.The Bush Boys|Captain Mayne Reid
Do you think it nothing to be mated to a living perjury, a felony in flesh and blood?Eden|Edgar Saltus
What had happened since then out yonder where people were mated he did not know and he did not greatly care.The Chalice Of Courage|Cyrus Townsend Brady
That anyone should have dared to think that she who had been chosen by him could possibly have mated herself with Mr. Slope!Barchester Towers|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for mated (1 of 3)
Word Origin for maté
British Dictionary definitions for mated (2 of 3)
- 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