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man-of-war

[man-uh v-wawr] /ˈmæn əvˈwɔr/
noun, plural men-of-war.
1.
a warship.
Origin of man-of-war
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50 in sense “soldier”; late Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for man-of-war

man-of-war

noun (pl) men-of-war, men o' war
1.
a warship
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Word Origin and History for man-of-war
n.

late 14c., "a soldier," from man (n.) + war. Meaning "vessel equipped for warfare" is from late 15c. Man in the sense of "a ship" is attested from late 15c. in combinations (e.g. merchantman). The sea creature known as the Portuguese man-of-war (1707) is so called for its sail-like crest.

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