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midshipman (n.)

naval officer, c. 1600, originally so called because he was stationed amidships when on duty (see amid). Midships as short for amidships is by 1620s. Midship as "the middle of a ship or boat" is from 1550s.

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Definitions of midshipman

midshipman (n.)
a temporary rank held by young naval officers in training;
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