What does Captain mean?

Definitions for Captain
ˈkæp tən, -tɪnCap·tain

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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


  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)

    A maître d'.

  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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. captain

    This title is said to be derived from the eastern military magistrate katapan, meaning "over everything;" but the term capitano was in use among the Italians nearly 200 years before Basilius II. appointed his katapan of Apulia and Calabria, A.D. 984. Hence, the corruption of the Apulian province into capitanata. Among the Anglo-Saxons the captain was schipp-hláford, or ship's lord. The captain, strictly speaking, is the officer commanding a line-of-battle ship, or a frigate carrying twenty or more cannon. A captain in the royal navy is answerable for any bad conduct in the military government, navigation, and equipment of his ship; also for any neglect of duty in his inferior officers, whose several charges he is appointed to regulate. It is also a title, though incorrectly, given to the masters of all vessels whatever, they having no commissions. It is also applied in the navy itself to the chief sailor of particular gangs of men; in rank, captain of the forecastle, admiral's coxswain, captain's coxswain, captain of the hold, captain of main-top, captain of fore-top, &c.

  2. captain

    A name given to the crooner, crowner, or gray gurnard (Trigla gurnardus).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. captain

    In a limited and technical sense, is the title of an officer who commands a troop of cavalry, a company of infantry, or a battery of artillery. He is the next in rank below a major, and in the U. S. army is responsible for the camp and garrison equipage, the arms, ammunition, and clothing of his company.

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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

How to pronounce Captain?

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How to say Captain in sign language?

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  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

Examples of Captain in a Sentence

  1. Maurice Hurley:

    Silence your dog, captain!

  2. Marshall Allen:

    The surgeon is the captain of the ship.

  3. Anek Lines:

    The captain is the last to leave the ship.

  4. Airplane:

    Captain Oveur Joey, do you like movies about gladiators

  5. Sallust:

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

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