What does Admiral mean?

Definitions for Admiral
ˈæd mər əlad·mi·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. admiral, full admiralnoun

    the supreme commander of a fleet; ranks above a vice admiral and below a fleet admiral

  2. admiralnoun

    any of several brightly colored butterflies


  1. admiralnoun

    A naval officer of the highest rank; the commander of a country's naval forces.

  2. admiralnoun

    A naval officer of high rank, immediately below Admiral of the Fleet; the commander of a fleet or squadron.

  3. admiralnoun

    A flag officer in the United States Navy or Coast Guard of a grade superior to vice admiral and junior to admiral of the fleet (when that grade is used). An admiral is equal in grade or rank to a four star general.

  4. admiralnoun

    The ship which carries the admiral, the flagship; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet.

  5. admiralnoun

    A prince or Saracen leader under the Sultan.

  6. admiralnoun

    (zoological) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of Europe and America, especially a red admiral or white admiral.

  7. Etymology: From admiral, amiral (modern amiral), from amir-ar-rahl (commander of the fleet), امير + -al. Later associated with admirable. Cognate to amir, emir.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ADMIRALnoun

    1.An officer or magistrate that has the government of the king’s navy, and the hearing and determining all causes, as well civil as criminal, belonging to the sea. John Cowell

    Etymology: amiral, Fr. of uncertain etymology.

    He also, in battle at sea, overthrew Rodericus Rotundus, admiral of Spain; in which sight the admiral, with his son, were both slain, and seven of his gallies taken. Richard Knolles, Hist. Turks.

    Make the sea shine with gallantry, and all
    The English youth flock to their admiral. Edmund Waller.

    The admiral galley, wherein the emperor himself was, by great mischance struck upon a sand. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.


  1. Admiral

    Admiral is one of the highest ranks in some navies. In the Commonwealth nations and the United States, a "full" admiral is equivalent to a "full" general in the army or the air force, and is above vice admiral and below admiral of the fleet, or fleet admiral.


  1. admiral

    An admiral is a high-ranking officer in the naval services of a country, typically commanding fleets or groups of ships. The rank is generally above a captain and is often considered the highest rank in a navy, frequently equal to or above a general in other branches of military. The title of admiral can also be used in specific job titles in the naval forces, such as "fleet admiral" or "rear admiral".

  2. admiral

    An admiral is a high-ranking officer in the navy, typically commanding a fleet or serving as the commander of a navy. The rank is generally above a captain but below a fleet admiral. The term can also refer to the highest rank of naval officers in some countries. Its responsibilities typically include planning, directing, and coordinating naval operations and activities. The exact privileges and duties of this rank can vary depending on the country's naval structure and history.

  3. admiral

    An admiral is a high-ranking officer in the navy, usually commanding a fleet or serving as the chief of a naval staff, possessing authority over a large military operation or geographic area. The rank is typically above a vice admiral and below a fleet admiral. The term "admiral" can also collectively refer to the highest ranks in the navy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Admiralnoun

    a naval officer of the highest rank; a naval officer of high rank, of which there are different grades. The chief gradations in rank are admiral, vice admiral, and rear admiral. The admiral is the commander in chief of a fleet or of fleets

  2. Admiralnoun

    the ship which carries the admiral; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet

  3. Admiralnoun

    a handsome butterfly (Pyrameis Atalanta) of Europe and America. The larva feeds on nettles

  4. Etymology: [OE. amiral, admiral, OF. amiral, ultimately fr. Ar. amr-al-bahr commander of the sea; Ar. amr is commander, al is the Ar. article, and amr-al, heard in different titles, was taken as one word. Early forms of the word show confusion with L. admirabilis admirable, fr. admirari to admire. It is said to have been introduced into Europe by the Genoese or Venetians, in the 12th or 13th century. Cf. Ameer, Emir.]


  1. Admiral

    Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. The rank usually refers to the position of full admiral and above vice admiral and below admiral of the fleet. It is usually abbreviated to "Adm" or "ADM". Where relevant, admiral has a NATO code of OF-9, and is a four-star rank.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Admiral

    ad′mir-al, n. the chief commander of a navy—the ancient English title of Lord High Admiral is now in abeyance, his functions falling to the five Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty, and the High Court of Admiralty: a naval officer of the highest rank. In the British navy, admirals are distinguished into three classes—Ad′mirals, Vice′-ad′mirals, and Rear′-ad′mirals; the admiral carrying his colour at the main, the vice-admiral at the fore, and the rear-admiral at the mizzen mast-head. In former times each grade was subdivided into three sections, known as admirals (or vice- or rear-admirals) of the Red, of the White, and of the Blue, respectively: admiral-ship (Milton's ammiral) or flag-ship: the chief ship in a fleet of merchantmen.—ns. Ad′miralship, the office of an admiral; Ad′miralty, the board of commissioners for the administration of naval affairs: the building where these transact business. [Through Fr. from Ar. amīr, a lord, a chief.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Admiral

    the chief commander of a fleet, of which there are in Britain three grades—admirals, vice-admirals, and rear-admirals, the first displaying his flag on the main mast, the second on the fore, and the third on the mizzen.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. admiral

    The derivation of this noble title from the Greek almyros, from the Latin admirabilis, from the Saxon aenmereeal, and from the French aumer, appear all fanciful. It is extensively received that the Sicilians first adopted it from emir, the sea, of their Saracen masters; but it presents a kind of unusual etymological inversion. The term is most frequent in old Romance; but the style and title was not used by us until 1286; and in 1294, William de Leybourne was designated "Amiral de la Mer du Roy d'Angleterre;" six years afterwards Viscount Narbonne was constituted Admiral of France; which dates nearly fix the commencement of the two states as maritime powers. The admiral is the chief commander of a fleet, but of this rank there are three degrees, distinguished by a flag at the fore, main, or mizen mast, according to the title of admiral, vice-admiral, or rear-admiral. These were again subdivided according to their colour of red, white, or blue, which had to be likewise borne by the squadrons they respectively commanded. (See FLAG.) In 1865 the colours were omitted, and the only flag now hoisted by ships of war is the white St. George's ensign, and for admirals the white St. George's cross at the main, fore, or mizen. The admiral of the fleet is the highest officer under the admiralty of Great Britain; it is rather an honorary distinction, and usually attained by seniority and service: when this officer serves afloat, he hoists the proud distinction of the Union flag at the main. The lord high-admiral was one of the principal officers of the state, who formerly decided all cases relating to the sea: he wore a gold call and chain, similar in form to that which has descended to the boatswain and his mate. This dignity has been extinct for many years, and the duty merged into that of the lords-commissioners and admiralty court; in 1827, it was revived for a short time in the person of His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence. The epithet of admiral was also formerly applied to any large or leading ship, without reference to flag; and is still used for the principal vessel in the cod and whale fisheries. That which arrives first in any port of Newfoundland retains this title during the season, with certain rights of beach in flakes. The master of the second ship becomes the vice-admiral, and the master of the third the rear-admiral.

  2. admiral

    A beautiful and rare shell of the genus Conus; the varieties are designated the grand-admiral, the vice-admiral, the orange-admiral, and the extra-admiral.

Editors Contribution

  1. admiralnoun

    1.) a commander of a fleet or naval squadron, or a naval officer of very high rank. A commissioned officer of very high rank in the US Navy, Coast Guard, or Star fleet, ranking above a Captain. 2.) a butterfly that has dark wings with bold colorful markings.

    My admiral is the priest of my minds nature.

    Etymology: Superior

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on May 24, 2024  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Admiral

    From the Arabic emir-el-bahr, Lord of the Sea.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Admiral in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Admiral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Admiral in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago, what do you need this for ? this is a vicious group of people, they malign... what do you need it for ?

  2. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska:

    While Admiral Neffenger is an impressive man, it is naive and dangerous to pretend installing one director can heal what ails TSA, the Department of Homeland Security needs to admit that it has a crisis of bureaucratic complacency - lacking an overarching vision and coherent measures of success and failure.

  3. Craig Cooning:

    With Admiral Syring, we are looking to make what we do in missile defense more like space programs and less like defense weapons programs. There’s a higher design reliability in space than there historically has been in some weapons programs.

  4. Tamara Lawrence:

    What Admiral Green is focused on is his responsibility as commander of special warfare, and part of that responsibility is ensuring the good order and discipline of his force.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    I can assure you that there’s no Russian general, no Iranian leader, no Chinese Communist Party admiral, who’s spending one second thinking about gender or woke ideology or climate change, they’re thinking about how to kill Americans and the fight is on. We have to walk away from this radical left ideology. We cannot let it penetrate our military.

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