captain

[ kap-tuh n, -tin ]
/ ˈkæp tən, -tɪn /

noun

verb (used with object)

to lead or command as a captain.

Origin of captain

1325–75; Middle English capitain < Anglo-French capitain, captayn < Late Latin capitāneus chief, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous

OTHER WORDS FROM captain

sub·cap·tain, nounun·cap·tained, adjectiveun·der·cap·tain, noun
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Examples from the Web for sub-captain

  • When you hear that you'll know some sub-captain is taking a drink of wine or something.

    Tom Slade with the Colors|Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • Our warriors now swung forward at a run, the ranks steadied and kept in line by the warning word of an induna, or a sub-captain.

    The Induna's Wife|Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for sub-captain

captain
/ (ˈkæptɪn) /

noun

verb

(tr) to be captain of

Derived forms of captain

captaincy 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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