able seaman

a·ble sea·man
A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-buh l see-muh n]
    • /ˈeɪ bəl ˈsi mən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-buh l see-muh n]
    • /ˈeɪ bəl ˈsi mən/

Definitions of able seaman words

  • noun able seaman an ordinary seaman, esp one in the merchant navy, who has been trained in certain skills. Also called: able-bodied seaman 3
  • noun able seaman Also called able-bodied seaman. an experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine sea duties. 1
  • noun able seaman (in the British Navy and on British and U.S. merchant ships) a rating between ordinary seaman and leading seaman or boatswain's mate. Abbreviation: A.B., AB. 1
  • noun able seaman navy: experienced sailor 1
  • noun able seaman worker on ship's deck 1
  • noun able seaman Alternative form of able-bodied seaman. 0

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Origin of able seaman

First appearance:

before 1695
One of the 49% oldest English words
First recorded in 1695-1705

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Parts of speech for Able seaman


able seaman popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

able seaman usage trend in Literature

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