[ kap-tuh n, -tin ]
/ ˈkæp tən, -tɪn /
a person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.
an officer ranking in most armies above a first lieutenant and below a major.
an officer in the U.S. Navy ranking above a commander and below a rear admiral or a commodore.
a military leader.
an officer in the police department, ranking above a lieutenant and usually below an inspector.
an officer of the fire department, usually in command of a company, ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief or assistant chief.
the commander of a merchant vessel.Compare staff captain.
the pilot of an airplane.
a local official in a political party responsible for organizing votes on a ward or precinct level.
Sports. the field leader of a team: The captain of the home team elected to receive on the kickoff.
a person of great power and influence, especially based on economic wealth.
South Midland and Southern U.S. an unofficial title of respect for a man (sometimes used humorously or ironically).
verb (used with object)
to lead or command as a captain.
Words nearby captain
Origin of captain
OTHER WORDS FROM captainsub·cap·tain, nounun·cap·tained, adjectiveun·der·cap·tain, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sub-captain
/ (ˈkæptɪn) /
the person in charge of and responsible for a vessel
an officer of the navy who holds a rank junior to a rear admiral but senior to a commander
an officer of the army, certain air forces, and the marine corps who holds a rank junior to a major but senior to a lieutenant
the officer in command of a civil aircraft, usually the senior pilot
the leader of a team in games
a person in command over a group, organization, etc; leadera captain of industry
US a police officer in charge of a precinct
US and Canadian (formerly) a head waiter
Also called: bell captain US and Canadian a supervisor of bellboys in a hotel
Australian informal a person who is buying drinks for people in a bar
(tr) to be captain of
Derived forms of captaincaptaincy or captainship, noun
Word Origin for captain
C14: from Old French capitaine, from Late Latin capitāneus chief, from Latin caput head
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