Meaning of able seaman

a'ble sea'man

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Also calledan experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine sea duties.
  2. (in the British Navy and on British and U.S. merchant ships) a rating between ordinary seaman and leading seaman or boatswain's mate. Abbr.: A.B., AB
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