Definition of Indiaman in English:

Indiaman

noun

historical
  • A ship engaged in trade with India or the East or West Indies, especially an East Indiaman.

    • ‘Even Samuel Pepys, then the surveyor-victualer of the Royal Navy, was unprepared for the cargo he inspected in November 1665 aboard a captured Dutch Indiaman.’
    • ‘Her influential friends made special arrangements for her to be shipped to America in comfort, in an Indiaman, saving her from the appalling squalor and dangers of a convict ship.’
    • ‘The Trades Increase, the Company's first vessel, was almost 1,000 tons and was wrecked in Java on its first voyage, and though its size was exceptional, 800-ton Indiamen were not.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from India + -man from man-of-war.

Pronunciation:

Indiaman

/ˈɪndɪəmən/