[ kap-tuh n-ship ]
/ ˈkæp tənˌʃɪp /


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

Origin of captainship

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

Related forms

sub·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.