- a sailor.
Origin of matelot
1910–15; < French ≪ Middle Dutch mattenoot sailor, equivalent to matte mat1 + noot companion (Dutch genoot)
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Examples from the Web for matelot
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.Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia
Finally a matelot advanced—a common sailor—a man before the mast.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
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.
matlo or matlow
- slang, mainly British a sailor
C20: from French