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first mate

noun
1.
the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the captain.
Also called chief mate, chief officer, first officer, mate.

chief mate

noun, Nautical
Also called chief officer.
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British Dictionary definitions for chief officer

first mate

noun
1.
an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant ship Also called first officer
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