verb (used with object)
Origin of captain
Related Words for captainexecutive, boss, commander, director, operator, officer, owner, pilot, leader, skipper, head, exec, skip, top, cap, authority, guide, royalty, master, mistress
Examples from the Web for captain
Contemporary Examples of captain
He flew with Captain Irianto, 53, who had 20,000 hours experience, more than 6,000 hours on the A320.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
My captain on the boat, Brazakka, he wanted me to do this Hemingway bit, with the white stubble, and he wanted the hero angle.
My nickname was Captain, though I was a private, first class.
They castigated the captain, a 48-year-old Indonesian, and his rookie copilot, a 24-year-old Indian.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
Same goes for the comic book character “Captain America,” which Marvel announced in July would be now be portrayed as a black man.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of captain
I have seen the letter; it is in Captain Rushton's handwriting.
"Then I can only say that Captain Rushton was a party to the fraud," he said.
After the captain left him, he struggled hard to unloose the cords which bound him.
"You look like a good seaman," said the captain, addressing Bates.
"Captain Haley knows very well the falsehood of what he says," said our hero, calmly.
Word Origin for captain
late 14c., capitayn, "a leader, chief, one who stands at the head of others," from Old French capitaine "captain, leader," from Late Latin capitaneus "chief," noun use of adjective capitaneus "prominent, chief," from Latin caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum).
Military sense of "officer who commands a company" (rank between major and lieutenant) is from 1560s; naval sense of "officer who commands a man-of-war" is from 1550s, extended to "master or commander of a vessel of any kind" by 1704. Sporting sense is first recorded 1823.
1590s, from captain (n.). Related: Captained; captaining.