- a naval officer next in rank below an admiral.
Origin of vice-admiral
First recorded in 1510–20
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Examples from the Web for vice-admiral
They were received by the vice-admiral with extravagant demonstrations of joy.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
"I suppose Magrath told you all," said the vice-admiral, squeezing the other's hand.
"Ay, Charles in particular," returned the vice-admiral, with something like a sneer.
When quite near, he hauled up his main-sail, by order of the vice-admiral.
This sight produced a sudden change in all the vice-admiral's movements.