Meaning of CAPTAIN in English



Pronunciation: ' kap-t ə n also ' kap- ə m

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English capitane, from Anglo-French capitain, from Late Latin capitaneus, adjective & noun, chief, from Latin capit-, caput head ― more at HEAD

Date: 14th century

1 a (1) : a military leader : the commander of a unit or a body of troops (2) : a subordinate officer commanding under a sovereign or general (3) : a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a first lieutenant and below a major b (1) : a naval officer who is master or commander of a ship (2) : a commissioned officer in the navy ranking above a commander and below a commodore and in the coast guard ranking above a commander and below a rear admiral c : a senior pilot who commands the crew of an airplane d : an officer in a police department or fire department in charge of a unit (as a precinct or company) and usually ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief

2 : one who leads or supervises: as a : a leader of a sports team or side b : HEADWAITER c : a person in charge of hotel bellhops ― called also bell captain

3 : a person of importance or influence in a field < captain s of industry>

– cap · tain · cy \ ' kap-t ə n-s ē \ noun

– cap · tain · ship \ - ˌ ship \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.