Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mariner or sailor.
  • n. A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard that is above seaman apprentice and below petty officer.
  • n. One who holds the rank of seaman, seaman apprentice, or seaman recruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mariner or sailor, one who mans a ship. Opposed to landman or landsman.
  • n. The lowest ranking in the Navy, below Able Seaman.
  • n. An enlisted rate in the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, ranking below petty officer third class and above seaman apprentice.
  • n. A merman; the male of the mermaid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A merman; the male of the mermaid.
  • n. One whose occupation is to assist in the management of ships at sea; a mariner; a sailor; -- applied both to officers and common mariners, but especially to the latter. Opposed to landman, or landsman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man whose occupation it is to coöperate in the navigation of a ship at sea; a mariner; a sailor: applied to both officers and common sailors, but technically restricted to men below the rank of officer.
  • n. A merman; a male corresponding to the mermaid.
  • n. Synonyms Mariner, etc. See sailor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. muckraking United States journalist who exposed bad conditions in mental institutions (1867-1922)
  • n. a man who serves as a sailor

Etymologies

sea +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The seaman is not guaranteed any particular benefit in return for his payment of the tax.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Was the Individual Mandate a “Republican Idea”?

  • The seaman is lost but a passenger named Dorety upbraids Cullen and threatens to swear out a warrant for the captain's arrest in San Francisco and charge Cullen with murder.

    “Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, . . . .”

  • A seaman from the yacht said that on 13 December, he had been removed from the vessel by "two armed men" and brought to a larger group of "30 armed men," who questioned him about the numbers of the arresting party and threatened to "make a Sacrifice of him" if he did not answer truly.

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • The life of a merchant seaman is a lonely one, however, and Broadfoot returned to Vancouver where he took a job selling clothes with his father's wholesale clothing company and later with retail stores.

    Dave Broadfoot's Canada

  • Rittichier was awarded the Air Medal for his role as the Copilot of a helicopter that flew 150 miles from Detroit, in blinding snow and ice conditions, to rescue eight seaman from the grounded West German motor vessel NORDMEER just minutes before it broke up.

    Rittichier, Jack C.

  • On l8 June 1965 Mr. Tavares was a merchant seaman from the SS AUDRY J. LUCHENBACK, a civilian freighter anchored in the Da Nang port.

    Tavares, John R.

  • Third -- In spite of their attempts to put the blame on Great Britain, it will tax the ingenuity even of the Germans to explain away the fact that it was a German torpedo, fired by a German seaman from a German submarine, that sank the vessel and caused over 1,000 deaths.

    New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915 April-September, 1915

  • All that he could see of the other was the back of a figure of more than usual height, in seaman's breeches and short coat, and a sailor's peaked cap snugly set on thick black hair.

    Spice and the Devil's Cave

  • A tall figure in seaman's coat was pausing, motionless, in the act of stepping into the court.

    Spice and the Devil's Cave

  • A Baltimore seaman from a Danish sailing vessel said:

    Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights

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  • TBTabby, you would want to know about a band from round these parts called 'The Flying Seamen'.

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