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captain

[ kap-tuhn, -tin ]
/ ˈkæp tən, -tɪn /
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noun
verb (used with object)
to lead or command as a captain.
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Origin of captain

1325–75; Middle English capitain<Anglo-French capitain, captayn<Late Latin capitāneus chief, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ān(us) -an + -eus-eous

OTHER WORDS FROM captain

sub·cap·tain, nounun·cap·tained, adjectiveun·der·cap·tain, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for captain

captain
/ (ˈkæptɪn) /

noun
verb
(tr) to be captain of

Derived forms of captain

captaincy or captainship, noun

Word Origin for captain

C14: from Old French capitaine, from Late Latin capitāneus chief, from Latin caput head
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