What does seaman mean?

Definitions for seaman
ˈsi mənsea·man

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word seaman.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mariner, seaman, tar, Jack-tar, Jack, old salt, seafarer, gob, sea dognoun

    a man who serves as a sailor

  2. Seaman, Elizabeth Seaman, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, Nellie Blynoun

    muckraking United States journalist who exposed bad conditions in mental institutions (1867-1922)


  1. seamannoun

    A mariner or sailor, one who mans a ship. Opposed to landman or landsman.

  2. seamannoun

    The lowest ranking in the Navy, below Able Seaman.

  3. seamannoun

    An enlisted rate in the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, ranking below petty officer third class and above seaman apprentice.

  4. seamannoun

    A merman; the male of the mermaid.

    Not to mention mermaids or seamen. uE000120093uE001 Locke.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Seamannoun

    Etymology: sea and man.

    She, looking out,
    Beholds the fleet, and hears the seamen shout. John Denham.

    Seamen, through dismal storms, are wont
    To pass the oyster-breeding Hellespont. John Evelyn.

    The whole poem was first written, and now sent you from a place where I have not so much as the converse of any seaman. Dryden.

    Æneas order’d
    A stately tomb, whose top a trumpet bore,
    A soldier’s fauchion, and a seaman ’s oar;
    Thus was his friend interr’d. Dryden.

    By undergoing the hazards of the sea, and the company of common seamen, you make it evident you will refuse no opportunity of rendering yourself useful. Dryden.

    Had they applied themselves to the increase of their strength by sea, they might have had the greatest fleet and the most seamen of any state in Europe. Addison.

    Seals live at land and at sea, and porpuses have the warm blood and intrails of a hog, not to mention mermaids, or seamen. John Locke.


  1. seaman

    A seaman is a sailor or mariner, usually someone who works on a seagoing vessel. This can include a variety of roles, from the captain through to deckhands or engineers. It generally refers to people who are proficient in the skills required for shipboard service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seamannoun

    a merman; the male of the mermaid

  2. Seamannoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [AS. saeman.]


  1. Seaman

    Seaman is one of the lowest ranks in a navy. In the Commonwealth it is the lowest rank in the navy, followed by able seaman and leading seaman, and followed by the petty officer ranks. In the United States, it means the lowest three enlisted rates of the U.S. Navy, followed by the higher petty officer ranks. The equivalent of the seaman is the matelot in French-speaking countries, and Matrose in German-speaking countries. The term "seaman" is also a general-purpose for a man or a woman who works anywhere on board a modern ship, including in the engine spaces, which is the very opposite of sailing. Furthermore, "seaman" is a short form for the status of an "able-bodied seaman," either in the navies or in the merchant marines. An able-bodied seaman is one who is fully trained and qualified to work on the decks and superstructure of modern ships, even during foul weather, whereas less-qualified sailors are restricted to remaining within the ship during times of foul weather — lest they be swept overboard by the stormy seas or by the high winds.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. seaman

    This is a term seldom bestowed among seafaring men upon their associates, unless they are known to be pre-eminent in every duty of the thorough-paced tar; one who never issues a command which he is not competent to execute himself, and is deemed an authority on every matter relating to sea-craft.--The able seaman is the seafaring man who knows all the duties of common seamanship, as to rig, steer, reef, furl, take the lead, and implicitly carry out the orders given, in a seamanlike manner. His rating is A.B.; pay in the navy, 24s. to 27s. per month.--The ordinary seaman is less qualified; does not take the weather-helm, the earing, or lead; pay about 21s. to 23s. per month.--The landsman is still less qualified.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Seaman is ranked #2719 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Seaman surname appeared 13,237 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Seaman.

    92.2% or 12,214 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 365 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 250 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 206 total occurrences were Black.
    0.9% or 128 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 73 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seaman in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seaman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of seaman in a Sentence

  1. Navy Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi:

    As an old seaman, I offer my deferential salute to the ship captain for having done his job with great dignity and competence, he was last off, as a captain should be.

  2. Charles Cooley:

    It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity.

  3. Barbara Ehrenreich:

    Heads of state are notoriously ill prepared for their mature careers; think of Adolf Hitler (landscape painter), Ho Chi Minh (seaman), and our own Ronald Reagan.

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