Meaning of CAPTAIN in English


I. cap ‧ tain 1 W3 /ˈkæptən, ˈkæptɪn/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: capitain , from Late Latin capitaneus 'chief' , from Latin caput 'head' ]

1 . the sailor in charge of a ship, or the pilot in charge of an aircraft:

The captain and crew welcome you aboard.

2 . a military officer with a fairly high rank ⇨ ↑ group captain

3 . someone who leads a team or other group of people

captain of

Julie’s captain of the quiz team.

The Blackhawks' team captain was the first to score.

4 . captain of industry someone who owns or has an important job in a big company

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■ people on a plane

▪ pilot someone who operates the controls of a plane:

an airline pilot


He has a pilot’s licence.

▪ co-pilot a pilot who shares the control of a plane with the main pilot:

The pilot became ill, and the co-pilot had to land the plane.

▪ captain the pilot who is in charge of an aircraft:

This is your captain speaking. We will be arriving at Gatwick Airport in approximately 10 minutes.

▪ the flight crew all the people who work on a plane during a flight:

The flight crew asked for permission to land at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport.

▪ the cabin crew the people whose job is to serve food and drinks to passengers on a plane:

The cabin crew will be serving drinks shortly.

▪ flight attendant someone whose job is to serve food and drink to passengers on a plane:

The flight attendant told him to go back to his seat.

▪ steward/stewardess a man/woman whose job is to serve food and drinks to passengers on a plane:

I asked the stewardess if I could have a blanket.

II. captain 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to lead a group or team of people and be their captain:

The U.S. team, captained by Arthur Ashe, won the Davis Cup in 1981 and 1982.

2 . to be in charge of a ship, aircraft etc

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.