Coxswain definition

kŏksən, -swān
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A person in a racing shell who usually directs the rest of the crew.
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A person who usually steers a ship's boat and has charge of its crew.
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To act as coxswain or serve as coxswain for.
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A sailor in charge of a ship's boat and usually acting as its helmsman.
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(rowing) The person who steers a racing shell and calls out the rowing rhythm for the crew.
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In a ship's boat, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew.
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In a rowing crew, the member who steers the shell and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers.
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(archaic) The second or third mate of a vessel, in charge of the master's barge.
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(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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
coxswain
Plural:
coxswains

Origin of coxswain

  • Middle English cokswaynne cok cockboat cockboat swain servant swain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • cock a boat + swain; hence, the master of a boat.

    From Wiktionary