Meaning of CAPTAIN in English


/kap"teuhn, -tin/ , n.

1. a person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.

2. an officer ranking in most armies above a first lieutenant and below a major.

3. an officer in the U.S. Navy ranking above a commander and below a rear admiral or a commodore.

4. a military leader.

5. an officer in the police department, ranking above a lieutenant and usually below an inspector.

6. an officer of the fire department, usually in command of a company, ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief or assistant chief.

7. the commander of a merchant vessel. Cf. staff captain .

8. the pilot of an airplane.

9. a local official in a political party responsible for organizing votes on a ward or precinct level.

10. Sports. the field leader of a team: The captain of the home team elected to receive on the kickoff.

11. a person of great power and influence, esp. based on economic wealth.

12. headwaiter.

13. See bell captain .

14. South Midland and Southern U.S. an unofficial title of respect for a man (sometimes used humorously or ironically).


15. to lead or command as a captain.

[ 1325-75; ME capitain capitain, captayn capitaneus chief, equiv. to capit- (s. of caput ) head + -an ( us ) -AN + -eus -EOUS ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .