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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
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In the meantime the captain addressed himself steadily to the business of his ship, scorning the holiday spirit and useless pursuits of his emancipated messmates, and warning them, from time to time, not to wander away nor be out of hail.
The sick and helpless men, whose last hope of rescue centered in their departing messmates, cheered faintly.
Do not go thence leaving me unwaked and unburied behind you, or I may bring heaven's anger upon you; but burn me with whatever armour I have, build a barrow for me on the sea shore, that may tell people in days to come what a poor unlucky fellow I was, and plant over my grave the oar I used to row with when I was yet alive and with my messmates.
I submitted all this to my friends Simeon Macey and Charley Coffin, of Nantucket, both messmates of mine in a certain voyage, and they united in the opinion that the reasons set forth were altogether insufficient.
Welcome hither," said Zarathustra, "thou soothsayer of the great weariness, not in vain shalt thou once have been my messmate and guest.
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.
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.
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.
But the opportunity came to him, the trial and testing, and his sea spirit rose to the height of the occasion, and, therefore, it was that even when he had received his death wound, he felt that the work of his life had been accomplished; he had stood firm to his duty, he had stood bravely and disciplined; he had struggled with the death wound upon him, and his spirit quitted this earth while cheering his messmates to do their duty also.
I am vastly outnumbered by my tiny companions; better put, I become an adult human being in company with these tiny messmates.
Hey," said Billy, and he let The Dime sink to the bottom of his pocket, where Mercury, Messenger of the Gods, found himself detained far from his homeland and his deified messmates.
Christison agreed, saying you and me two fellow messmates.