Captain (naval)


(1)   A dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
(2)   The pilot in charge of an airship
(3)   The naval officer in command of a military ship
(4)   A policeman in charge of a precinct
(5)   An officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
(6)   The leader of a group of people
"A captain of industry"
(7)   An officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship


(8)   Be the captain of a sports team


  1. An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
  2. A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
  3. 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.
  4. The person lawfully in command of a vessel.
    The captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.
  5. The person lawfully in command of an airliner.
    This is your captain speaking. Please fasten your safety belts.
  6. 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. The leader of a group of workers.
    John Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."
  8. A maître d'.
    • 1977, Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, lyricists, "Hotel California",
      So I called up the Captain, "Please bring me my wine."
      He said: "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969."
  9. An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.


supervisor, straw boss, foreman skipper , master pilot , pilot in command CAPT , CAPT. , Capt. , Capt


  1. To act as captain
  2. To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.

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