Meaning of CAPTAIN in English

CAPTAIN

■ noun

1》 the person in command of a ship.

↘the pilot in command of a civil aircraft.

↘a rank of naval officer above commander and below commodore.

2》 a rank of officer in the army and in the US and Canadian air forces, above lieutenant and below major.

↘(in the US) a police officer in charge of a precinct.

3》 the leader of a team, especially in sports.

↘a powerful or influential person in a particular field: a ~ of industry.

■ verb serve as the ~ of.

Derivatives

~cy noun

Origin

ME: from OFr. capitain (superseding earlier chevetaigne 'chieftain'), from late L. capitaneus 'chief', from L. caput , capit- 'head'.

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