Origin of admiral
Examples from the Web for 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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Admiral told every man, “I just spoke with the President and he plans to thank each of you personally.”
He used language to make his host, the Navy Admiral who was the country's top military officer, blush.
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?|Michael Daly|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Admiral Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be among the special guests in attendance.
Maurice passed the night on the battle-field; the admiral supping with him in his tent.History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete|John Lothrop Motley
On the Venerable making the signal that she could weather the enemy, the Admiral made another to take stations for mutual support.
Our dinner to-night was to the admiral and officers of the newly-arrived British squadron.An Autobiography|Elizabeth Butler
Nothing could exceed the kindness and consideration shown by the Dutch admiral towards the crew of the Romney.Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849|William O. S. Gilly
On reaching port he had transferred him to the Admiral, a ship where the French put men of his type.The Story of John Paul Jones|Chelsea Curtis Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for 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.