Meaning of leading seaman in English:

leading seaman



  • A rank in the Royal Navy, above able seaman and below petty officer.

    ‘The Navy's leading seamen cooks, leading seamen naval police coxswains and leading seamen photographers join the list of employment categories eligible for the benefit.’
    • ‘They were led by a leading seaman aircraft technician from Albatross who, like many sailors living in the region, had joined the local volunteer fire brigade.’
    • ‘He was born in York and after eight years in the Navy, where he rose to be a leading seaman, he worked at the factory until he retired.’
    • ‘The leading seaman in each mess was called ‘the caterer’ and he chose ‘the cook-of-the-day’, a job that went by rotation.’
    • ‘I finished my military period with the rank of leading seaman.’