- the commander in chief of a fleet.
- a naval officer of the highest rank.
- a naval officer of a high rank: the grades in the U.S. Navy are fleet admiral, admiral, vice-admiral, and rear admiral.
- Obsolete. the flagship of an admiral.
- British. a master who directs a fishing fleet.
- any of several often brightly colored butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, as Vanessa atalanta (red admiral).
Origin of admiral
Related Words for admirallegislature, management, ministry, executive, cabinet, bureau, board, committee, department, presidency, upstairs, general, chair, president, commander, consulate, chairperson, headquarters, embassy, command
Examples from the Web for admiral
Contemporary Examples of admiral
And then I said, ‘Well, chief, when the admiral comes aboard, the first mate has to pipe him in.’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The Admiral told every man, “I just spoke with the President and he plans to thank each of you personally.”I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
He used language to make his host, the Navy Admiral who was the country's top military officer, blush.When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan
August 20, 2014
He survived to become an admiral known as the Father of Carrier Aviation.Navy Football Player Will McKamey Died This Week From Brain Injury. Who’s to Blame?
March 27, 2014
Admiral Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be among the special guests in attendance.
Historical Examples of admiral
The Admiral is coming, and some brother officers who would be pleased to know you.'The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
They said, the gentleman who presided, was a Sir Borlase Warren, the admiral on the station.
Among the officers who came and spoke to us, was an admiral, Sir Isaac Coffin.
Our own doctor being dead, that of the admiral's ship was sent for to visit the sick.
These consisted of a family, of which the head was said to be, or to have been, an admiral in the Dutch navy.
- the supreme commander of a fleet or navy
- Also called: admiral of the fleet, fleet admiral a naval officer of the highest rank, equivalent to general of the army or field marshal
- a senior naval officer entitled to fly his own flagSee also rear admiral, vice admiral
- mainly British the master of a fishing fleet
- any of various nymphalid butterflies, esp the red admiral or white admiral
Word Origin for admiral
Word Origin and History for admiral
c.1200, "Saracen commander," from Old French amirail (12c.) "Saracen military commander; any military commander," probably ultimately from Arabic title amir-ar-rahl "chief of the transport," officer in the Mediterranean fleet, from amir "leader;" influenced by Latin ad-mirabilis (see admire).
Italian form almiraglio, Spanish almirante are from confusion with Arabic words in al-. Meaning "highest-ranking naval officer" is from early 15c. As a type of butterfly, from 1720, possibly a corruption of admirable.