What does captain mean?

Definitions for captainˈkæp tən, -tɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word captain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. captain(noun)

    an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant

  2. captain, skipper(noun)

    the naval officer in command of a military ship

  3. captain, police captain, police chief(noun)

    a policeman in charge of a precinct

  4. master, captain, sea captain, skipper(noun)

    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

  5. captain, chieftain(noun)

    the leader of a group of people

    "a captain of industry"

  6. captain, senior pilot(noun)

    the pilot in charge of an airship

  7. captain, headwaiter, maitre d'hotel, maitre d'(verb)

    a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers

  8. captain(verb)

    be the captain of a sports team

Wiktionary

  1. captain(Noun)

    A chief or leader.

  2. captain(Noun)

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

    The captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.

  3. captain(Noun)

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

  4. captain(Noun)

    A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.

  5. captain(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.

  6. captain(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.

  7. captain(Noun)

    The leader of a group of workers.

    John Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."

  8. captain(Noun)

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  9. captain(Noun)

    An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.

  10. captain(Verb)

    To act as captain

  11. captain(Verb)

    To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.

  12. Origin: From capitaine, from capitaneus, from caput (English cap).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Captain(noun)

    a head, or chief officer

  2. Captain(noun)

    the military officer who commands a company, troop, or battery, or who has the rank entitling him to do so though he may be employed on other service

  3. Captain(noun)

    an officer in the United States navy, next above a commander and below a commodore, and ranking with a colonel in the army

  4. Captain(noun)

    by courtesy, an officer actually commanding a vessel, although not having the rank of captain

  5. Captain(noun)

    the master or commanding officer of a merchant vessel

  6. Captain(noun)

    one in charge of a portion of a ship's company; as, a captain of a top, captain of a gun, etc

  7. Captain(noun)

    the foreman of a body of workmen

  8. Captain(noun)

    a person having authority over others acting in concert; as, the captain of a boat's crew; the captain of a football team

  9. Captain(noun)

    a military leader; a warrior

  10. Captain(verb)

    to act as captain of; to lead

  11. Captain(adj)

    chief; superior

  12. Origin: [OE. capitain, captain, OF. capitain, F. capitaine (cf. Sp. capitan, It. capitano), LL. capitaneus, capitanus, fr. L. caput the head. See under Chief, and cf. Chieftain.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Captain

    kap′tān, or kap′tin, n. a head or chief officer: the commander of a troop of horse, a company of infantry, or a ship: the overseer of a mine: the leader of a team or club: the head-boy of a school.—v.t. to lead.—ns. Cap′taincy, the rank or commission of a captain; Cap′tain-gen′eral, chief commander of an army; Cap′tainship, Cap′tainry (obs.), rank or condition of a captain: skill in commanding. [O. Fr. capitaine—Low L. capitaneus, chief—L. caput, head.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'captain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1900

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'captain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3781

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'captain' in Nouns Frequency: #827

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of captain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of captain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Airplane:

    Captain Oveur Joey, do you like movies about gladiators

  2. Sallust:

    The soul is the captain and ruler of the life of morals.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    I prefer to sail in a bad ship with a good captain rather than sail in a good ship with a bad captain.

  4. Aldous Huxley:

    My fate cannot be mastered it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul I am only its noisiest passenger.

  5. Navy Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi:

    As an old seaman, I offer my deferential salute to the ship captain for having done his job with great dignity and competence, he was last off, as a captain should be.

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