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[ship-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈʃɪpˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a person who commands a ship; master; captain.
Origin of shipmaster
1325-75; Middle English schipmaster; cognate with German Schiffmeister Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The shipmaster who brought the children over could sell the indentures for whatever he could get for them.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • "I was in hopes of hearing news of the lads from you," sorrowfully said the shipmaster.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • "You're a fine sort of shipmaster," exclaimed the indignant Captain Bowers.

  • Jack spoke to the shipmaster who summoned Joe to the quarter-deck.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • The shipmaster was stoutly built, and his bronzed complexion showed that he had undergone a good deal of exposure to the elements.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
  • The approaching vessel was elegant as the art of the Aztecan shipmaster could make it.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • Yea,” quoth the shipmaster grinning, “and be the bears of thy country so manlike, that they dwell in builded houses?

    The Wood Beyond the World William Morris
  • Then he paid the shipmaster his faring, and paid Rolf's also.

  • Indeed he holds a shipmaster's certificate entitling him to navigate sailing vessels on the high seas.

    Famous Authors (Men) E. F. (Edward Francis) Harkins
  • Rolf looked on that shipmaster, and it was his father's brother, Kiartan.

British Dictionary definitions for shipmaster


noun (pl) -masters, -men
the master or captain of a ship
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