red admiral


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

1175–1225; Middle English, variant of amiral < Old French < Arabic amīr al commander of the; -d- < Medieval Latin admīrābilis mundī for Arabic amīr al-mu'minīn commander of the faithful; or with replacement of a-5 by ad-, as in administer


ad·mi·ral·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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
a senior naval officer entitled to fly his own flagSee also rear admiral, vice admiral
mainly British the master of a fishing fleet
any of various nymphalid butterflies, esp the red admiral or white admiral

Derived forms of admiral

admiralship, 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)

red admiral


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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