• Captain


    • IPA: /ˈkæp.tɪn/


    From Old French capitaine, from Late Latin capitāneus, from caput ("head") (English cap).

    Full definition of captain



    (plural captains)
    1. A chief or leader.
      • 1526, The Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew 2:For out of the shal come a captaine, whych shall govern my people israhel.
      • 1929, Rudyard Kipling, "The English Way":Stand up-stand up, Northumberland!I bid you answer true,If England's King has under his handA Captain as good as you?
    2. The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel.The captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.
    3. An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
    4. A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
    5. A commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, NOAA Corps, or PHS Corps of a grade superior to a commander and junior to a rear admiral (lower half). A captain is equal in grade or rank to an Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force colonel.
    6. (One of the athletes on a sports team designated to make decisions)One of the athletes on a sports team who designated to make decisions, and is allowed to speak for his team with a referee or official.
      • Remember the TitansCaptain's supposed to be the leader, right?
      • 2012, May 5, Phil McNulty, Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool, As Di Matteo celebrated and captain John Terry raised the trophy for the fourth time, the Italian increased his claims to become the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas by landing a trophy.
    7. The leader of a group of workers.John Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."
    8. A maître d'.
      • 1977, Don Felder, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey, lyricists, Hotel California (song),So I called up the Captain, "Please bring me my wine."He said: "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969."
    9. (southern US) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.



    1. (intransitive) To act as captain
    2. (transitive) To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.
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