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[see-muh n]
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noun, plural sea·men.
  1. a person skilled in seamanship.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
Related formssu·per·sea·man, noun, plural su·per·sea·men.

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See sailor.


[see-muh n]
  1. Elizabeth Coch·rane [kok-ruh n] /ˈkɒk rən/, original name of Nellie Bly.
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Related Words for seaman

gob, sailor, mate, skipper, seafarer, navigator, salt, pilot, midshipman, tar, middy, beachcomber, merman, cockswain, jacky

Examples from the Web for seaman

Contemporary Examples of seaman

Historical Examples of seaman

  • Now this carpenter and seaman show themselves no doubt for what they are.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The seaman and travelers awaited their end with lamentations.

  • The wine was brought, and the captain filled the glasses with a seaman's heartiness.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The mate called a seaman, and passed aft himself to execute the order.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And, at this, I brought to and looked him up and down and answered him as a seaman should.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

British Dictionary definitions for seaman


noun plural -men
  1. a rating trained in seamanship as opposed to electrical engineering, etc
  2. a man who serves as a sailor
  3. a person skilled in seamanship
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Derived Formsseaman-like, adjectiveseamanly, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for seaman


"a sailor," Old English sæmanna (plural); see sea + man (n.). Cf. Dutch zeeman, German Seemann, Old Norse sjomaðr.

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