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  1. a person who serves with another on the same vessel.
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Origin of shipmate

First recorded in 1740–50; ship1 + mate1
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Historical Examples

  • He looked like a harbinger of tempest, a shipmate of the Flying Dutchman.

    The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He was the first, and only Prince I ever had for a shipmate.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • You were a little under the weather yesterday, shipmate—what was the cause of it?

  • They were touched by their own readiness to alleviate a shipmate's misery.

  • He was a native of Hull, and a shipmate of mine on board the 'Westmoreland.'

British Dictionary definitions for shipmate


  1. a sailor who serves on the same ship as another
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Word Origin and History for shipmate


1748, from ship (n.) + mate (n.1).

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