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blue +‎ jacket


bluejacket (plural bluejackets)

  1. (nautical) A seaman of a British warship
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 13, [1]
      It never entered his mind that here was a matter which from its extreme questionableness, it was his duty as a loyal blue-jacket to report in the proper quarter.
    • 1928, Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, Chapter 4,[2]
      [] I’m not sure’, she continued, ‘that I won’t throw myself overboard, for the mere pleasure of being rescued by a blue-jacket []
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, “Regatta,”[3]
      The Navy and the Indian tribes up and down the Coast took part in the races, the Navy rowing their heavy ship's boats round from Esquimalt Harbour, manned by blue-jackets, while smart little pinnaces “pip-pipped” along commanded by young midshipmen.
  2. (nautical) An enlisted man in the US Navy.