Definition of master-at-arms in English:

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master-at-arms

Pronunciation: /ˌmastərədˈärmz/

noun (plural masters-at-arms /ˌmastərzədˈärmz/ //)

A naval petty officer appointed to carry out or supervise police duties on board a ship.
Example sentences
  • The duties of the master-at-arms force are the same here as at any base in the world - ‘To protect and serve.’
  • Boys and girls have their own separate sections of the ship, with matrons and masters-at-arms to look after them, in addition to the educational staff.
  • As master-at-arms, he is the policeman of the ship.

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Syllabification: mas·ter-at-arms

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