[ ship-meyt ]
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  1. a person who serves with another on the same vessel.

Origin of shipmate

First recorded in 1740–50; ship1 + mate1

Words Nearby shipmate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shipmate in a sentence

  • The Esperanza was still smothered, and a stab of pity went through Joe's heart as he saw his shipmate wallowing.

    The Chequers | James Runciman
  • Mrs Plausible will be quite pleased at meeting her old shipmate; she often talks about you.

    Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Then said the Sea-eagle: “Look forth, shipmate, and tell me of the land.”

  • “Yes, sir,” we answered; “but poor Derrick has gone;” and we explained how our other shipmate had been lost.

    Peter the Whaler | W.H.G. Kingston
  • He put his arm round her, not as a man puts his arm round a woman, but as a shipmate puts his arm round a shipmate.

    The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for shipmate


/ (ˈʃɪpˌmeɪt) /

  1. a sailor who serves on the same ship as another

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