Definition of seaman in English:


Syllabification: sea·man
Pronunciation: /ˈsēmən

noun (plural seamen)

  • 1A person who works as a sailor, especially one below the rank of officer.
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    • But the former merchant seaman is not your average bum.
    • The Yorkshire man was a former merchant navy seaman.
    • ‘Make a goal and go for it’ was a motto that stuck with the former deck seaman.
    sailor, seafarer, mariner, boatman, hand
    informal (old) salt, sea dog, bluejacket, shellback
    British rating, matelot
  • 1.1A sailor of the lowest rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard, ranking below petty officer.
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    • All crew members, from captain to seaman recruit, eat the same food - but on different days.
  • 1.2 [with adjective] A person regarded in terms of their ability to captain or crew a boat or ship: he’s the best seaman on the coast
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    • Such an experienced seaman, still physically strong and able.



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  • For there to be some purpose to being out on the ocean, well, somehow it feels more seamanlike and very fitting.
  • An optional gunter sloop rig makes for a very seamanlike rig, and one ideal for young people to learn to sail with.
  • She has been maintained and equipped in a very seamanlike fashion and should bring her new owner many years of boating, and fishing, pleasure.


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  • You're all great skippers and all it takes is a reasonable amount of seamanly skill and caution.
  • The city has a seamanly tradition and invented the first turbine ship in the world.
  • I cast a seamanly eye along the rail and let out a delighted whoop.


Old English sǣman (see sea, man).

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