chief mate

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

chief mate (plural chief mates)

  1. The officer who is second in command to the captain, and whose primary duties include managing the maintenance and upkeep of the vessel.

Usage notes[edit]

Outside of the United States, this rank is often called first mate, chief officer, or first officer.