- U.S. Navy, Coast Guard. a commissioned officer next in rank below a vice-admiral.
Origin of rear admiral
First recorded in 1580–90
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Rear-Admiral Dewey (for he had just been promoted in rank) declared the port blockaded.The Philippine Islands
The rear-admiral regarded his friend intently, as if inviting him to proceed.
At the end of the hour, the rear-admiral bethought him of retiring too.
"I want one of the young gentlemen, sentry," said the rear-admiral.
Our rear-admiral, nevertheless, was not a vulgar dreamer, on such occasions.
- an officer holding flag rank in any of certain navies, junior to a vice admiral