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A person with whom one eats regularly, as in a military mess.


1. (Military) a person with whom one shares meals in a mess, esp in the army
2. (Plants) Austral any of various eucalyptus trees that grow amongst other species



a person with whom one regularly takes meals, as in an army camp.
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Noun1.messmate - (nautical) an associate with whom you share meals in the same mess (as on a ship)messmate - (nautical) an associate with whom you share meals in the same mess (as on a ship)
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
acquaintance, friend - a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"


[ˈmesmeɪt] N
1. (in army etc) → compañero m de rancho, comensal m
2. (= friend) → amigo m
References in classic literature ?
You are a good fellow and a kind-hearted messmate," replied Edmond, "and heaven will recompense you for your generous intentions; but I do not wish any one to stay with me.
Their uninvited guest, unlike the generality of his tribe, was somewhat dirty as well as ragged and they had no relish for such a messmate.
Welcome hither," said Zarathustra, "thou soothsayer of the great weariness, not in vain shalt thou once have been my messmate and guest.
This captain taking a fancy to my conversation, which was not at all disagreeable at that time, hearing me say I had a mind to see the world, told me if I would go the voyage with him I should be at no expense; I should be his messmate and his companion; and if I could carry anything with me, I should have all the advantage of it that the trade would admit; and perhaps I might meet with some encouragement.
The court is located on the corner of Coolibah Drive and Messmate Way, the same site on which the original 1970s-era court stood before it was demolished.
We also kept the kitchen cabinetry and replaced on the doors with recycled messmate, also used on the floor.
Three conventional kiln trials, including two for 38-mm-thick, 19-year-old plantation Gympie messmate (Eucalyptus cloeziana F.
We have a smashing reunion each year where you and your families will be made warmly welcome and have the opportunity to meet up once again with that long-lost messmate.
Nicaron's fifth dam, Sticky Case, was a Court Martial half-sister to Messmate and R unning Blue, whose products on transfer to the States included Lord Gayle (by Sir Gaylord) and dual English Group 3 winner Never Return (by Ribot).
For each pass, a skidder was loaded with the same log, a 13-m-long messmate (Eucalyptus obliqua), 0.
The species are Eucalyptus delegatensis, which yields alpine ash, white top stringybark, gum-top stringybark and wooly butt; Eucalyptus obliqua or messmate stringybark and brown-top stringybark; and Eucalyptus regnans, also known as mountain ash, stringy gum and swamp gum.
Mr Mischin said the facility would meet the local community s justice needs until the permanent replacement courthouse was built on the same site as the old courthouse at the corner of Coolibah Drive and Messmate Way.