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1 an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
2 the naval officer in command of a military ship [syn: skipper]
3 a policeman in charge of a precinct [syn: police captain, police chief]
4 an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship [syn: master, sea captain, skipper]
5 the leader of a group of people; "a captain of industry" [syn: chieftain]
6 the pilot ins charge of an airship [syn: senior pilot]
7 a diningroom attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers [syn: headwaiter, maitre d'hotel, maitre d'] v : be the captain of a sports team

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From French capitaine then to Arabic "قبطان"


  • /ˈkæp.tɪn/, /"k

Extensive Definition

Captain or The Captain may refer to:

Military ranks

  • Captain (OF-2), an army, air force or marine rank with a NATO code of OF-2, and the equivalent in other military and paramilitary services
  • Captain (naval), a naval rank with a NATO code of OF-5, and the equivalent in other naval services
  • Captain General, is a high military rank and a gubernatorial title. This variation of a general is now nearly extinct.
  • Group Captain, an air force rank with a NATO code of OF-5
  • Captain Lieutenant, a rank in the Russian Navy, Red Fleet/Soviet Navy and previously Imperial Russian Navy, a rank in the German Navy, and a former rank in the British army
  • Post-Captain, an obsolete alternative form of the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy
  • Flag captain, Royal Navy term for the captain of an admiral's flagship
  • Captain of the Fleet, would assist an admiral with ten or more ships to command


Other uses

In television:
In literature:
In comics/manga:
In music:
  • Captain (band), a London-based alternative rock band
  • Captain (album), a 1998 release from Scottish band Idlewild
  • The Captain (album), the 1999 solo debut album of Australian country music singer Kasey Chambers
  • "The Captain", from the 2006 release Ganging Up On The Sun from Guster
  • "The Captain" (song), a song on the 2006 release Silent Shout from The Knife
  • "The Captain Is a Cold Hearted and Egotistical Fool", a song presented as an outtake on the 1999 release The Soft Bulletin 5.1 from The Flaming Lips
  • "The Captain", the stage name used by Daryl Dragon as part of the 1970s and 1980s duo Captain & Tennille
In sport
In video games
captain in Czech: Kapitán
captain in German: Kapitän (Begriffsklärung)
captain in French: Capitaine (homonymie)
captain in Lithuanian: Kapitonas (reikšmės)
captain in Dutch: Kapitein
captain in Japanese: キャプテン
captain in Norwegian: Kaptein
captain in Polish: Kapitan
captain in Portuguese: Capitão
captain in Russian: Капитан
captain in Finnish: Kapteeni (täsmennyssivu)
captain in Thai: กัปตัน

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ADC, CO, G-man, MP, OD, administer, administrate, admiral, aeronaut, aeroplaner, aeroplanist, aide, aide-de-camp, air pilot, airplanist, astronaut, aviator, bailiff, barnstormer, be master, be responsible for, beadle, beagle, birdman, boatswain, bound bailiff, brigadier, brigadier general, call the signals, carry on, castellan, catchpole, chair, chatelain, chatelaine, chicken colonel, chief engineer, chief mate, chief of police, chief of staff, chief petty officer, cloud seeder, colonel, command, commandant, commander, commander in chief, commanding officer, commercial pilot, commissioned officer, commissioner, commodore, company officer, conduct, constable, control, copilot, crop-duster, deck officer, deputy, deputy sheriff, detective, direct, director, discipline, engineer, ensign, exec, executive, executive officer, fed, federal, field marshal, field officer, first lieutenant, five-star general, fleet admiral, flic, flier, four-star general, gendarme, general, general officer, generalissimo, govern, government man, governor, handle, head, head up, inspector, instructor, intendant, jemadar, jet jockey, junior officer, lead, lead on, licensed pilot, lictor, lieutenant, lieutenant colonel, lieutenant commander, lieutenant general, lieutenant junior grade, mace-bearer, major, major general, make the rules, manage, manager, maneuver, manipulate, marechal, marshal, master, mastermind, mate, mounted policeman, narc, naval officer, navarch, navigating officer, navigator, officer, one-star general, order, orderly officer, patrolman, patron, peace officer, petty officer, pilot, pipes, police captain, police commissioner, police constable, police inspector, police matron, police officer, police sergeant, policeman, policewoman, portreeve, prescribe, preside over, pull the strings, quarterback, quartermaster, rainmaker, rear admiral, reeve, regulate, risaldar, roundsman, ruler, run, sailing master, second mate, senior officer, sergeant, sergeant at arms, shavetail, sheriff, shipmaster, sirdar, skipper, staff officer, stand over, stunt flier, stunt man, subahdar, subaltern, sublieutenant, superintendent, supervise, take command, take the lead, test pilot, the Old Man, the brass, three-star general, tipstaff, tipstaves, top brass, trooper, two-star general, vice admiral, warrant officer, watch officer, wield authority, wingman
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