matelot

or mate·low

[mat-loh, mat-l-oh]

Origin of matelot

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

matlo or matlow

noun
  1. slang, mainly British a sailor

Word Origin for matelot

C20: from French
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