- a sailor in charge of a ship's boat and usually acting as its helmsman
- Rowing the person who steers a racing shell and calls out the rowing rhythm for the crew
Origin of coxswain; from cock(boat) + swain
- A person who usually steers a ship's boat and has charge of its crew.
- A person in a racing shell who usually directs the rest of the crew.
intr. & tr.v.cox·swained, cox·swain·ing, cox·swains
Origin of coxswainMiddle English cokswaynne : cok, cockboat; see cockboat + swain, servant; see swain.
- In a ship's boat, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew.
- In a rowing crew, the member who steers the shell and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers.
- (archaic) The second or third mate of a vessel, in charge of the master's barge.
- (naval) A rank or position.
- Canadian Navy Coxswain (Capitaine d'Armes) is the senior non-commissioned officer aboard a ship
- British Royal Navy Cadets Cadet Coxswain is the highest normal rank which may be achieved.