[ kap-tuh n-ship ]
/ ˈkæp tənˌʃɪp /


the ability or skill of a military captain; leadership or generalship.

Nearby words

  1. captain's chair,
  2. captain's mast,
  3. captaincy,
  4. captains courageous,
  5. captains of industry,
  6. captan,
  7. captation,
  8. captcha,
  9. caption,
  10. captious

Origin of captainship

1400–50; late Middle English. See captain, -ship

Related formssub·cap·tain·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for captainship

  • There he was offered a captainship, if he would stay and fight a little.

    A Changed Heart|May Agnes Fleming
  • When the war lasted, I fared well enough, as long as I kept the captainship my friend had got me ere the woman played me false.

    Captain Ravenshaw|Robert Neilson Stephens
  • My captainship of cavalry was now no longer thought of: I was destined to political employment.