noun, plural mid·ship·men.
- an officer of the rank held by young men immediately upon graduating from the government naval schools.
- (initial capital letter)the title and rank of such a graduate.
- (formerly) one of a class of boys or young men who formed the group from which officers were chosen.
Origin of midshipman
Related Words for midshipmanyouth, student, recruit, junior, plebe, gob, sailor, mate, skipper, seafarer, navigator, salt, pilot, tar, middy, beachcomber, merman, cockswain, jacky
Examples from the Web for midshipman
Contemporary Examples of midshipman
No midshipman will ever be disenrolled for reporting an incident of sexual harassment or assault against them.Former Student Claims U.S. Naval Academy Had ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Rape Victims
May 4, 2012
As a 17-year-old midshipman, I envied your audacious style, senator.Why My Former Hero Shouldn’t Be President
October 7, 2008
Historical Examples of midshipman
They made him a midshipman; but, disliking the sea, he was determined to go to America.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He served six years as midshipman in the navy, and did not like it.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
Mr. Janverin, midshipman of the Tigre, and eleven men were wounded.
"You are taking late to the sea," the midshipman who had not yet spoken remarked.
On the third morning he put on his midshipman's clothes for the first time.
noun plural -men
c.1600, so called because he was stationed amidships when on duty (see amid).