a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able-bodied seaman. Abbreviation: O.D., O.S., o.s.
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Origin of ordinary seaman
First recorded in 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for ordinary seaman
For sailors are of three classes—able-seaman, ordinary-seaman, and boys; and they receive different wages according to their rank.Redburn. His First Voyage|Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for ordinary seaman
a seaman of the lowest rank, being insufficiently experienced to be an able-bodied seaman
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