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