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definition of the word captain

by the Wiktionnary

From French capitaine then to Arabic "قبطان"

Singular
captain

Plural
captains

captain (plural captains)

  1. An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
  2. A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
  3. A commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, NOAA Corps, or PHS Corps of a grade superior to a commander and junior to a rear admiral (lower half). A captain is equal in grade or rank to an Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force colonel.
  4. (nautical) The person lawfully in command of a vessel. Also called the master or skipper.
    The captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.
  5. The person lawfully in command of an airliner.
    This is your captain speaking. Please fasten your safety belts.
  6. One of the athletes on a sports team who designated to make decisions, and is allowed to speak for his team with a referee or official.
  7. The leader of a group of workers.
    John Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."
  8. A maître d'.
    • 1977, Don Felder, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey, lyricists, "Hotel California",
      So I called up the Captain, "Please bring me my wine." /
      He said: "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969."
  9. (southern US) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.


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