Midshipman

Definition of Midshipman

Mid´ship`man
n.1.Formerly, a kind of naval cadet, in a ship of war, whose business was to carry orders, messages, reports, etc., between the officers of the quarter-deck and those of the forecastle, and render other services as required.
2.(Zool.) An American marine fish of the genus Porichthys, allied to the toadfish; also called singingfish.
Cadet midshipman
formerly a title distinguishing a cadet line officer from a cadet engineer at the U. S. Naval Academy. See under Cadet.
formerly, a naval cadet who had served his time, passed his examinations, and was awaiting promotion; - now called, in the United States, midshipman; in England, sublieutenant.

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Naval Reservist, Royal Marine, Seabee, bluejacket, boot, cadet, freshman, frogman, gob, horse marine, jolly, junior, marine, midshipmite, naval cadet, navy man, plebe, senior, soph, sophomore, swabbie, undergrad, undergraduate, upperclassman
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