Definition of Captain

1. Noun. An officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant.

Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Commissioned Military Officer
Derivative terms: Captainship

2. Verb. Be the captain of a sports team.
Generic synonyms: Head, Lead

3. Noun. The naval officer in command of a military ship.
Exact synonyms: Skipper
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Commissioned Naval Officer
Specialized synonyms: Flag Captain
Derivative terms: Captainship, Skipper

4. Noun. A policeman in charge of a precinct.
Exact synonyms: Police Captain, Police Chief
Specialized synonyms: Chief Constable
Generic synonyms: Officer, Police Officer, Policeman
Specialized synonyms: Beria, Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria
Derivative terms: Captainship

5. Noun. An officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship.
Exact synonyms: Master, Sea Captain, Skipper
Generic synonyms: Officer, Ship's Officer
Specialized synonyms: Captain Kidd, Kidd, William Kidd
Derivative terms: Captainship, Mastership, Skipper

6. Noun. The leader of a group of people. "A captain of industry"
Exact synonyms: Chieftain
Generic synonyms: Leader
Derivative terms: Chieftainship

7. Noun. The pilot in charge of an airship.
Exact synonyms: Senior Pilot
Specialized synonyms: Group Captain
Generic synonyms: Airplane Pilot, Pilot
Derivative terms: Captainship

8. Noun. A dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers.

Definition of Captain

1. n. A head, or chief officer

2. v. t. To act as captain of; to lead.

3. a. Chief; superior.

Definition of Captain

1. Noun. A chief or leader. ¹

2. Noun. The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel. ¹

3. Noun. An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major. ¹

4. Noun. A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore. ¹

5. Noun. 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. ¹

6. Noun. 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. ¹

7. Noun. The leader of a group of workers. ¹

8. Noun. A maître d'. ¹

9. Noun. (context: southern US) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See ''colonel''. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To act as captain ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team. ¹

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Definition of Captain

1. to lead or command [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Captain

capsulolenticular cataract
captain (current term)
captain's chair
captain's servant
captain general
captain of industry

Literary usage of Captain

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1921)
"O captain ! my captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather'd every rack, ... Where on the deck my captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. ..."

2. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"I was at the Government prison, (with captain Fish and another whaleship- skipper. captain Phillips,) and got so interested in its examination that I did ..."

3. The Lancet (1898)
"Brigade - Surgeon - Lieutenant • Surgeon - captain HF Whit- Colonel J. King. church. ... Surgeon-captain JJ Gerrard. Surgeon-captain CH Burtchaell ..."

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