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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.

  1. U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. an enlisted person ranking below petty officer.

Origin of seaman

First recorded before 900; Middle English seeman,Old English sǣmann.See sea, man

synonym study For seaman

See sailor.

Other words from seaman

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

Words Nearby seaman

Other definitions for Seaman (2 of 2)

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  1. Elizabeth Coch·rane [kok-ruhn], /ˈkɒk rən/, original name of Nellie Bly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seaman in a sentence

  • Brief as was this interchange of politenesses, it sufficed to knit together the souls of the seaman and the small boy.

    The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
  • In the following December he returned to Manila disguised as a seaman, and stole ashore in the crowd of stevedore labourers.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • He was a former British seaman, and he offered his services to the colonies at this time in an attempt to raise a naval force.

  • Once executed, the articles cannot be varied by a verbal agreement between master and seaman.

  • So the days flew by, and the time came when sugar—the seaman's luxury in winter—began to run short.

    The Chequers | James Runciman

British Dictionary definitions for seaman


/ (ˈsiːmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. a rating trained in seamanship as opposed to electrical engineering, etc

  2. a man who serves as a sailor

  1. a person skilled in seamanship

Derived forms of seaman

  • seaman-like, adjective
  • seamanly, adjective, adverb

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