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matelot

or mate·low

[mat-loh, mat-l-oh]
noun British Slang.
  1. a sailor.
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Origin of matelot

1910–15; < FrenchMiddle Dutch mattenoot sailor, equivalent to matte mat1 + noot companion (Dutch genoot)
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Historical Examples

  • I prove to you I am not; but a good, sound, safe, French matelot!

    Seven Frozen Sailors

    George Manville Fenn

  • He had been a matelot, he said,—made a long voyage, and once touched at an English port.

  • Finally a matelot advanced—a common sailor—a man before the mast.

  • The Buccaneers went in pairs, every hunter having his camerade or matelot (sailor), as well as his engags.

  • No excuse was allowed; and if illness prevented the man elected taking the office, his matelot, or companion, took his place.


British Dictionary definitions for matelot

matelot

matlo or matlow

noun
  1. slang, mainly British a sailor
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Word Origin

C20: from French
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