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[kap-tuh n-see] /ˈkæp tən si/
noun, plural captaincies for 2.
the office or rank of a captain.
a district or area administered by a captain.
the ability of a captain; captainship.
Origin of captaincy
First recorded in 1810-20; captain + -cy
Related forms
subcaptaincy, noun, plural subcaptaincies. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Stebbins, the fellow next behind him, a strong candidate for the captaincy, looked bored and sullen.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • I am quite willing to resign the captaincy, sir, if you wish it.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • Net result, his captaincy and a brevet majority, coupled with the Distinguished Service Order.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • If I am commandant of this force I hand over the captaincy of this company to you.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Very much to his surprise, his friends put him up for the captaincy of this company about to enter active service.

  • "It was on the matter of this captaincy that we fell to words," he answered, with more humility.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • "Coulter is out for a captaincy, too," said Jack, who had come up during the talk.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Yes, your dream points to a captaincy, and I have the order to realize this dream.

  • In 1880 a captaincy and his marriage probably did something to make him take his career more seriously.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • How Sobber had ever gotten the captaincy of this team was a mystery.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
Word Origin and History for captaincy

1818, from captain (n.) on the model of lieutenancy or some similar word where the -c- is etymologically justified.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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