[ see-muh n ]
/ ˈsi mən /

noun, plural sea·men.

a person skilled in seamanship.
a person whose trade or occupation is assisting in the handling, sailing, and navigating of a ship during a voyage, especially one below the rank of officer; sailor.
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. an enlisted person ranking below petty officer.


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Origin of seaman

before 900; Middle English seeman, Old English sǣmann. See sea, man1


su·per·sea·man, noun, plural su·per·sea·men.

Definition for seaman (2 of 2)

[ see-muh n ]
/ ˈsi mən /


Elizabeth Coch·rane [kok-ruh n] /ˈkɒk rən/, original name of Nellie Bly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for seaman

/ (ˈsiːmən) /

noun plural -men

a rating trained in seamanship as opposed to electrical engineering, etc
a man who serves as a sailor
a person skilled in seamanship

Derived forms of seaman

seaman-like, adjectiveseamanly, adjective, adverb
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