Definition of first mate in English:

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first mate

Pronunciation: /ˈˌfərs(t) ˈmāt/

noun

The deck officer second in command to the master of a merchant ship.
Example sentences
  • Upon reach the ship, the first mate looked back over his shoulder.
  • Both their captain and the first mate abandon them on a sinking ship with no food and no hope.
  • Like a seasoned first mate, I learned quickly how to give orders.
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