What does admiral mean?

Definitions for admiral
ˈæd mər əlad·mi·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. admiral, full admiral(noun)

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

  2. admiral(noun)

    any of several brightly colored butterflies


  1. admiral(Noun)

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

  2. admiral(Noun)

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

  3. admiral(Noun)

    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. admiral(Noun)

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

  5. admiral(Noun)

    A prince or Saracen leader under the Sultan.

  6. admiral(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Admiral(noun)

    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. Admiral(noun)

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

  3. Admiral(noun)

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

  4. Origin: [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.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Admiral

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


  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:

    They did that to Admiral Ronny Jackson, they are doing it for a lot of people.

  2. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    In this country England it is well to kill from time to time an admiral to encourage the others.

  3. The State Department:

    Admiral, you might not understand: Here at Disney it's in our culture to tell stories that project optimism and have happy endings.'.

  4. Voltaire:

    'That is indisputable,' was the answer, 'but in this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.'

  5. Kris Vosburgh:

    The public has turned sour on this plan but the governor, to paraphrase Admiral Farragut, has taken a position of 'damn the people, full speed ahead'.

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