Mate

What does "Mate" mean?

Today it means: Friend, buddy.

The word mate comes from the French word matelot meaning sailor but was used to refer to other friends onboard ship i.e. other sailors. The word has generally come to mean "a friend" but merchant ships can have several sailors onboard with the rank of mate, i.e. 1st Mate, 2nd Mate etc..

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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