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cabin boy

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Definition of cabin boy in English:

noun

chiefly historical
A boy employed to wait on a ship’s officers or passengers.
Example sentences
  • Accordingly, every crew member, from the first mate to the cabin boy, wait tensely, ready to jump and pull and climb at the slightest hint of wind.
  • I was wondering if there was anyway that I could be employed as a cabin boy of some sort for one of the ships docked here.
  • At twelve years of age, Verne ran off to be a cabin boy on a merchant ship, thinking he was going to have an adventure.

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