Indiaman

Definitions

  • The Falmouth. East Indiaman. Launched 1752
    The Falmouth. East Indiaman. Launched 1752
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Indiaman a large sailing ship that was engaged in the British trade with India
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The Thames. East Indiaman. 1819 The Thames. East Indiaman. 1819

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Indiaman A large vessel in the India trade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Indiaman In general, a ship engaged in the India trade; specifically and strictly, a ship of large tonnage, formerly officered and armed by the East India Company for that trade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Indiaman a large ship employed in trade, with India
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. IndiaIndus (Gr. Indos), the Indus (Pers. Hind. Hind; Zend Hindu)—Sans. sindhu, a river.

Usage

In literature:

THE PRIVATEER AND THE INDIAMAN.
"The Rover's Secret" by Harry Collingwood
I had never before been on board an Indiaman.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
A pilot vessel accompanied the Indiaman till she was clear of the river.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
I got on board an Indiaman, and reached Calcutta.
"Happy Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Just as we had arrived at this determination, a homeward-bound West Indiaman, which had parted from her convoy, put into the harbour.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Indiaman may, of course, do as he pleases.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
So, as he was a clean likely fellow, he obtained the situation of purser's steward in an Indiaman.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
An English Indiaman, homeward bound.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
Clark Russell is captain on his own deck, whether he sail a coffin or a princely Indiaman of the old time.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
Whilst he smoked his pipe out he told me a story of an action between this schooner and a French Indiaman.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
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