first mate

noun
the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the captain.
Also called chief mate, chief officer, first officer, mate.
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first mate
 
n
Also called: first officer an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant ship

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Example sentences
Conan served as her first mate until greed got the best of the lady and her
  crew.
The first mate handed me a beautiful piece of sailor's fancywork.
Females first mate at one year of age and males first mate at two years of age.
He rarely rose from his bed, and he asked the first mate to perform his duties.
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