See under admiral(def 6).
Origin of red admiral
First recorded in 1830–40
Definition for red admiral (2 of 2)
[ ad-mer-uh l ]
/ ˈæd mər əl /
the commander in chief of a fleet.
a naval officer of the highest rank.
a naval officer of a high rank: the grades in the U.S. Navy are fleet admiral, admiral, vice-admiral, and rear admiral.
Obsolete. the flagship of an admiral.
British. a master who directs a fishing fleet.
any of several often brightly colored butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, as Vanessa atalanta (red admiral).
Origin of admiral
Related formsad·mi·ral·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for red admiral (1 of 2)
/ (ˈædmərəl) /
the supreme commander of a fleet or navy
Also called: admiral of the fleet, fleet admiral a naval officer of the highest rank, equivalent to general of the army or field marshal
mainly British the master of a fishing fleet
any of various nymphalid butterflies, esp the red admiral or white admiral
Derived Formsadmiralship, noun
Word Origin for admiral
C13: amyral, from Old French amiral emir, and from Medieval Latin admīrālis (the spelling with d probably influenced by admīrābilis admirable); both from Arabic amīr emir, commander, esp in the phrase amīr-al commander of, as in amīr-al-bahr commander of the sea
British Dictionary definitions for red admiral (2 of 2)
a nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa atalanta, of temperate Europe and Asia, having black wings with red and white markingsSee also white admiral
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