Indiaman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From India +‎ -man.

Noun[edit]

Indiaman (plural Indiamen)

  1. (nautical) A large ship that traded between Britain and India on behalf of the East India Company.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)
    • 1924 September, Arthur Conan Doyle, “Sidelights on Sherlock Holmes”, in Memories and Adventures, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, and Company, OCLC 1367896, page 110:
      Buried treasures are naturally among the problems which have come to Mr. [Sherlock] Holmes. One genuine case was accompanied by a diagram here reproduced. [...] Each Indiaman in those days had its own semaphore code, and it is conjectured that the three marks upon the left are signals from a three-armed semaphore.

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