Definition of ordinary seaman in English:

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ordinary seaman

Pronunciation: /ˈôrdnˌerē ˈsēmən/


The lowest rank of merchant seaman, below able-bodied seaman.
Example sentences
  • Crew from the admiral down to ordinary seamen had no enmity towards their opposite numbers.
  • It was said that an ordinary seaman on the Admiral's flagship publicly disagreed with this conclusion and was promptly hanged from the yardarm for his insubordination.
  • He was promoted to an able, then demoted back to an ordinary seaman for again fighting with a petty officer.

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Syllabification: or·di·nar·y sea·man

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