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Definition of "midshipman" []

  • A student training to be a commissioned naval officer, especially a student at a naval academy. (noun)
  • Any of various fishes of the genus Porichthys, having several rows of light-producing organs along their bodies. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "midshipman" in a sentence
  • "He did not take much notice of me; but soon afterwards Mr Bryan appeared and shook hands with me, and told him that I was a new midshipman, a friend of the captain's, and was very kind; and after a little time he called another midshipman, and desired him to take me down to the berth and to introduce me to our messmates."
  • "He called a midshipman to show the boys to the cabin which was to be their quarters while on the Cumberland."
  • ""The Alliance is hauling off, sir!" called the midshipman of the mizzen-top."