Definitions for captain
ˈkæp tən, -tɪncap·tain
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word captain.
an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
the naval officer in command of a military ship
captain, police captain, police chiefnoun
a policeman in charge of a precinct
master, captain, sea captain, skippernoun
an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
the leader of a group of people
"a captain of industry"
captain, senior pilotnoun
the pilot in charge of an airship
captain, headwaiter, maitre d'hotel, maitre d'verb
a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
be the captain of a sports team
A chief or leader.
The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel.
The captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.
An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
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.
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.
The leader of a group of workers.
John Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."
A maître d'.
An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.
To act as captain
To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.
Etymology: From capitaine, from capitaneus, from caput (English cap).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: capitain, Fr.
Dismay’d not this
Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
A captain! these villains will make the name of captain as odious as the word occupy; therefore captains had need look to it. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
The grim captain, in a surly tone,
Cries out, pack up, ye rascals, and be gone. Dryden.
The Rhodian captain, relying on his knowledge, and the lightness of his vessel, passed, in open day, through all the guards. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.
And evermore their cruel capitain
Sought with his rascal routs t’ inclose them round. Fairy Q.
Captain is a title, an appellative for the commanding officer of a military unit; the supreme leader of a navy ship, merchant ship, aeroplane, spacecraft, or other vessel; or the commander of a port, fire or police department, election precinct, etc. In militaries, the captain is typically at the level of an officer commanding a company or battalion of infantry, a ship, or a battery of artillery, or another distinct unit. The term also may be used as an informal or honorary title for persons in similar commanding roles.
A captain is a person who is designated to lead and take charge of a group of individuals, often within a military, naval, or aviation context. They are responsible for overseeing and commanding their crew members, ensuring smooth operations, and making important decisions related to the safety and efficiency of their team. Captains are typically experienced and knowledgeable individuals who possess strong leadership skills. The specific responsibilities and authorities of a captain may vary depending on the organization or industry in which they serve.
a head, or chief officer
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
an officer in the United States navy, next above a commander and below a commodore, and ranking with a colonel in the army
by courtesy, an officer actually commanding a vessel, although not having the rank of captain
the master or commanding officer of a merchant vessel
one in charge of a portion of a ship's company; as, a captain of a top, captain of a gun, etc
the foreman of a body of workmen
a person having authority over others acting in concert; as, the captain of a boat's crew; the captain of a football team
a military leader; a warrior
to act as captain of; to lead
Etymology: [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
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
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.
A name given to the crooner, crowner, or gray gurnard (Trigla gurnardus).
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Captain is ranked #21811 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Captain surname appeared 1,192 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Captain.
53.2% or 635 total occurrences were White.
28.4% or 339 total occurrences were Black.
9.6% or 115 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
5% or 60 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.5% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'captain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1900
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'captain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3781
Rank popularity for the word 'captain' in Nouns Frequency: #827
The numerical value of captain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of captain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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First, the captain, individually, is obviously not a realistic source of recovery for the families, second, the only reason to assert allegations against the captain is to impute his acts or omissions to TOTE, but it still has to be done in a way to defeat the limitation. Simply suing the Captain does not accomplish that.
It came as a big shock when they announced yesterday Davis was going to be the next U.S. captain, it will be great to see Davis and (European captain) Darren (Clarke) go head-to-head at Hazeltine and they will be formidable opponents.
Sonny Hey, whataya gonna do, nice college boy, eh Didn't want to get mixed up in the Family business, huh Now you wanna gun down a police captain. Why Because he slapped ya in the face a little bit Hah What do you think this is the Army, where you shoot 'em a mile away You've gotta get up close like this and bada-bing. you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.
Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Cozier is naive nor stupid. I think, and always believed Captain Brett Crozier to be the opposite. We pick our carrier commanding officers with great care. Captain Brett Crozier is smart and passionate.
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Translations for captain
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- قبطان, نقيب, قائد المنتخب, طيارArabic
- командвам, водя, капитанBulgarian
- capitàCatalan, Valencian
- kapitán, námořní kapitánCzech
- Kapitän, Kapitän zur See, Hauptmann, Mannschaftskapitän, Stabshauptmann, FlugkapitänGerman
- κυβερνώ, ηγούμαι, καπετάνιος, αρχηγός, σμηναγός, κυβερνήτης, πλοίαρχος, λοχαγόςGreek
- capitanear, capitánSpanish
- kapteeni, kommodori, lentokapteeniFinnish
- caiptean, sgiobairScottish Gaelic
- kapitány, százados, csapatkapitányHungarian
- 機長, 船長, 大佐, 大尉, キャプテンJapanese
- 대위, 선장, 船長Korean
- kommandør, kapteinNorwegian
- kapitein, aanvoerderDutch
- kaptein, kommandørNorwegian Nynorsk
- dowodzić, kapitanPolish
- capitã, capitãoPortuguese
- satnik, satnicaSerbo-Croatian
- kapétanka, kapétan, stotnik, stotnicaSlovene
- nahodha, amrisha, unahodhaSwahili
- đội trưởngVietnamese
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