American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The highest rank in the U.S. Navy, equivalent to General of the Army.
- n. One who holds this rank.
- n. nautical The highest-ranking officer in the navy.
“Fear God and Dread Nought: The Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone.”
“This was due in part to a letter from retired Admiral of the Fleet Sir Hedworth Meux, a Beatty admirer, to the king’s private secretary: “If Jellicoe had grasped the opportunity which Providence, assisted by Beatty, placed in his way and destroyed the German fleet, he ought to have been made an Earl.”
“Churchill had followed up on Haldane’s suggestion and asked a retired former First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson, to return to the Admiralty as Chief of Staff.”
“The sixty-one-year career of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone, the man who created the modern Royal Navy, had come to an end.”
“Yet to the British public Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone was something more than the incumbent First Sea Lord: he was the Royal Navy.”
“Known as Earl Mountbatten of Burma, he became an Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord and then rose higher to serve for six years as Britain’s first interservice Chief of the Defence Staff.”
“Half a century later, Admiral of the Fleet Lord Cunningham, Britain’s naval hero of the Second World War, wrote, “I hope I would have been given enough sense to make the same deployment as John Jellicoe did.””
“The proofs were approved by the Board of Admiralty and a copy was placed on the desk of the incoming First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty.”
“Some did not marry at all; Kitchener and Admiral of the Fleet Arthur Knyvet Wilson were examples.”
“A Great Seaman: The Life of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Oliver.”
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