merchant seaman

  1. a seaman who works on a merchant vessel.

Origin of merchant seaman

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby merchant seaman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use merchant seaman in a sentence

  • Back when Donohue was a merchant seaman, he volunteered to take a beer to each of the hometown neighborhood “boys” in Vietnam.

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  • The naval architects have their opinions, but the practical merchant seaman is not consulted.

  • In the little cabin two men sat at a table, and one of them was Louis d'Arragon dressed in the rough clothes of a merchant seaman.

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  • Mr. Loftgreen was received on board the Rainbow as English naval officers always receive a brave and distressed merchant seaman.

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  • I have been a resident of Houston since May, 1956, and I am a merchant seaman.

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