Definition of coxswain in English:

coxswain

Line breaks: cox|swain
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒks(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 1The person who steers a ship’s boat, racing boat, or other boat.
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    • Three heats with the top three boats qualifying for the final left it up to the coxswains to call the race plan.
    • As coxswain, I would steer, control the pace, and act as the eyes of the oarsmen, who were facing backward.
    • The coxswain is fitted snugly into the bow end of the boat steering and motivating the crew.
  • 1.1The helmsman and skipper of a lifeboat.
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    • Lifeboat coxswain Gary Edwards praised the crew for their heroic work.
    • Former lifeboat coxswain Roland Stork was awarded the MBE for his services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
    • The coxswain of the lifeboat said: ‘It started out as a basic tow job, but ended up as a full-scale rescue.’
  • 1.2The senior petty officer in a small ship or submarine in the Royal Navy.
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    • The senior coxswain was thrilled with the honour that commends his service to the Hampshire community.
    • She eventually rose to coxswain in the Auxiliary and taught their coastal navigation courses.

Origin

Middle English: from obsolete cock (see cockboat) + swain. Compare with boatswain.

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