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post captain

noun
  1. history (formerly) a naval officer holding a commission as a captain, as distinct from an officer with the courtesy title of captain
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Historical Examples

  • "I 'd not do it to make you a post-captain, sir," said she, severely.

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

  • I was not worse off than any post-captain or other officer in the service in this respect.

    Marmaduke Merry

    William H. G. Kingston

  • On his arrival he found his commission as post-captain waiting for him.

  • No, sir,” replied I, “not between a post-captain and a midshipman but between two gentlemen.

    Peter Simple

    Frederick Marryat

  • This yard was commanded by a post-captain; and what duties had he to perform?