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[ship-meyt] /ˈʃɪpˌmeɪt/
a person who serves with another on the same vessel.
Origin of shipmate
1740-50; ship1 + mate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Grasping his hand, I said, "shipmate, I feel sorry for you."

  • And Miss Avondale was the "party" this man's shipmate was watching!

  • Of course me an' Sheeny Joe knows I'm a liar, but what's a lie or two when you're helpin' out a shipmate?

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • He felt no pain, and scarcely knew whether it was his own or that of a shipmate.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • Still, from the little I had seen of them, I did not think that they would have been guilty of falsely accusing a shipmate.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • Looking up, I saw a shipmate pointing to a hut at some little distance.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • I thank you for your communication with regard to my old friend and shipmate, Joshua Howell, of whom I had lost sight.

    Workhouse Characters Margaret Wynne Nevinson
  • You were a little under the weather yesterday, shipmate—what was the cause of it?

  • He was the first, and only Prince I ever had for a shipmate.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • They were touched by their own readiness to alleviate a shipmate's misery.

British Dictionary definitions for shipmate


a sailor who serves on the same ship as another
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shipmate

1748, from ship (n.) + mate (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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