[ship-mas-ter, -mah-ster]


a person who commands a ship; master; captain.

Origin of shipmaster

1325–75; Middle English schipmaster; cognate with German Schiffmeister Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shipmaster

Historical Examples of shipmaster

  • Well, have you ever seen a shipmaster walking his own deck as if he did not know what he had underfoot?


    Joseph Conrad

  • "You're a fine sort of shipmaster," exclaimed the indignant Captain Bowers.

  • Jack spoke to the shipmaster who summoned Joe to the quarter-deck.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • "I was in hopes of hearing news of the lads from you," sorrowfully said the shipmaster.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • The approaching vessel was elegant as the art of the Aztecan shipmaster could make it.

    The Fair God

    Lew Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for shipmaster


shipman (ˈʃɪpmən)

noun plural -masters or -men

the master or captain of a ship
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