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coxswain Syllabification: cox·swain
Pronunciation: /ˈkäks(ə)n/

Definition of coxswain in English:


The steersman of a ship’s boat, lifeboat, racing boat, or other boat.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Middle English: from obsolete cock + swain. Compare with boatswain.

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