first matenoun [ C ]uk /ˌfɜːst ˈmeɪt/ us /ˌfɝːst ˈmeɪt/
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.