Meaning of “first mate” in the English Dictionary

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"first mate" in British English

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first matenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfɜːst ˈmeɪt/ us /ˌfɝːst ˈmeɪt/

the second most important officer on a ship that is not part of the navy

Examples from literature

  • His first mate, who had sailed under him four years, had never dared broach him on the subject of matrimony. 
  • I'll give you a job as my first mate. 
  • The captain, the first mate, and two seamen were at the wheel. 
  • The first mate and the rest of the crew waited on the vessel to receive and stow away the cargo. 
  • The pilot and first mate, who were on the bridge, had just been joined by the captain. 

(Definition of “first mate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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