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coxswain

[kok-suh n, -sweyn] /ˈkɒk sən, -ˌsweɪn/
noun
1.
the steersman of a racing shell.
2.
a person who is in charge of a ship's boat and its crew, under an officer, and who steers it.
Also, cockswain.
Origin of coxswain
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English cokeswayne. See cockboat, swain
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coxswain

/ˈkɒksən; -ˌsweɪn/
noun
1.
the helmsman of a lifeboat, racing shell, etc Also called cockswain
Word Origin
C15: from cock a ship's boat + swain
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n.

early 14c., "officer in charge of a ship's boat and its crew," from cock "ship's boat" (from Old French coque "canoe") + swain "boy," from Old Norse sveinn "boy, servant" (see swain).

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