Definition of "captain" []

  • One who commands, leads, or guides others, especially: (noun)
  • The officer in command of a ship, an aircraft, or a spacecraft. (noun)
  • A precinct commander in a police or fire department, usually ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief. (noun)
  • The designated leader of a team or crew in sports. (noun)
  • A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above first lieutenant and below major. (noun)
  • The person in charge of and responsible for a vessel (noun)

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  • An officer of the navy who holds a rank junior to a rear admiral but senior to a commander (noun)
  • An officer of the army, certain air forces, and the marine corps who holds a rank junior to a major but senior to a lieutenant (noun)
  • The officer in command of a civil aircraft, usually the senior pilot (noun)
  • The leader of a team in games (noun)
  • A person in command over a group, organization, etc; leader (noun)
  • A police officer in charge of a precinct (noun)
  • (formerly) a head waiter (noun)
  • A supervisor of bellboys in a hotel (noun)
  • A person who is buying drinks for people in a bar (noun)
  • To be captain of (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "captain" in a sentence
  • "I have heard, in the armory at Boston, a militia captain (_captain_, mind you!) give the command "Attention!" in three different ways, continually experimenting."
  • "I tell you I’m captain of this ship, —captain and owner."
  • ""_Excelsior_" was my motto; and, assisted by the generous captain, I soon after became a third mate, and afterwards a second mate, and, still later, a first mate, and, last of all, a _captain_!"