[mid-ship-muh n, mid-ship-]
- a student, as at the U.S. Naval Academy, in training for commission as ensign in the Navy or second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.Compare cadet(def 2).
- British Navy.
- 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.
- Also called singingfish. any toadfish of the genus Porichthys, having many small luminous organs on the underside and producing a buzzing sound with its air bladder.
Origin of midshipman
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Related Wordsyouth, student, recruit, junior, plebe, midshipman, gob, sailor, mate, skipper, seafarer, navigator, salt, pilot, tar, middy, beachcomber, merman, cockswain, jacky
Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- a probationary rank held by young naval officers under training, or an officer holding such a rank
- any of several American toadfishes of the genus Porichthys, having small light-producing organs on the undersurface of their bodies
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Word Origin and History for midshipman
c.1600, so called because he was stationed amidships when on duty (see amid).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper