coxswain definition by Webster's New World
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- a sailor in charge of a ship's boat and usually acting as its helmsman
- the person who steers a racing shell and calls out the rowing rhythm for the crew
Origin: ; from cock(boat) plush swain
coxswain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
To act as coxswain or serve as coxswain for.
Origin: Middle English cokswaynne : cok, cockboat; see cockboat + swain, servant; see swain.