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[kap-tuh n-see]
noun, plural cap·tain·cies for 2.
  1. the office or rank of a captain.
  2. a district or area administered by a captain.
  3. the ability of a captain; captainship.
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Origin of captaincy

First recorded in 1810–20; captain + -cy
Related formssub·cap·tain·cy, noun, plural sub·cap·tain·cies.
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Examples from the Web for captaincy

Historical Examples

  • Take the captaincy of the second company, and ride at their head.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • If I am commandant of this force I hand over the captaincy of this company to you.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "It was on the matter of this captaincy that we fell to words," he answered, with more humility.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • Ensign Butler was promoted to a captaincy in the regiment to which he belonged.

  • For courage and gallantry in battle he was promoted to a captaincy.

Word Origin and History for captaincy


1818, from captain (n.) on the model of lieutenancy or some similar word where the -c- is etymologically justified.

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