American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who commands, leads, or guides others, especially:
- n. The officer in command of a ship, an aircraft, or a spacecraft.
- n. A precinct commander in a police or fire department, usually ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief.
- n. The designated leader of a team or crew in sports.
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above first lieutenant and below major.
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard that is above commander and below commodore.
- n. One who holds the rank of captain.
- n. A figure in the forefront; a leader: a captain of industry.
- n. One who supervises or directs the work of others, especially:
- n. A district official for a political party.
- n. A restaurant employee who is in charge of the waiters and usually attends to table seating.
- n. A bell captain.
- v. To act as captain of; command or direct: captained the football team.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is at the head of or has authority over others; a chief; a leader; a commander, especially in military affairs. In the Bible the term is applied to a king or prince, to a general or commander of an army, to the governor of a province, etc.
- n. More specifically
- n. In the army, the officer who commands a company, whether of infantry, cavalry, or artillery.
- n. In the navy, an officer next in rank above a commander, and ranking in the United States service with a colonel, and in the British with a lieutenant-colonel, and after three years' service with a colonel, in the army. Officers of this grade in the British service were formerly designated post-captains.
- n. The commander or master of a merchant vessel.
- n. In some of the public schools of England, a title given to the senior scholar.
- n. In base-ball, rowing, etc., the head or leader of the nine, the crew, or the body of players on one side.
- n. In mining, the head man or superintendent of the mining operations; the person who directs and is responsible for the miners' work. As a title, often abbreviated capt.
- n. A name commonly given, in the form long-finned captain, to the fish otherwise known as the lanthorn gurnard.
- [The orig. (ML.) use, but in E. later than the noun use.] Of chief rank, excellence, or value; chief; principal.
- Of commanding character; fitted to lead.
- To act as leader to; be captain over; command.
- n. In archery: The winner of a captaincy at a shooting-match.
- n. A competitor at a shooting-match or public meeting assigned to a particular target to score for the other archers and to keep order.
- n. A chief or leader.
- n. The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel.
- n. An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
- n. A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. The leader of a group of workers.
- n. A maître d'.
- n. southern US An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.
- v. intransitive To act as captain
- v. transitive To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A head, or chief officer.
- n. 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.
- n. An officer in the United States navy, next above a commander and below a commodore, and ranking with a colonel in the army.
- n. By courtesy, an officer actually commanding a vessel, although not having the rank of captain.
- n. The
masteror commanding officer of a merchant vessel.
- n. One in charge of a portion of a ship's company
- n. The foreman of a body of workmen.
- n. A person having authority over others acting in concert.
- n. A military leader; a warrior.
- v. rare To act as captain of; to lead.
- adj. rare Chief; superior.
- n. an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
- n. the pilot in charge of an airship
- n. the naval officer in command of a military ship
- n. the leader of a group of people
- n. a policeman in charge of a precinct
- v. be the captain of a sports team
- n. an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
- n. a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
- From Old French capitaine, from Late Latin capitāneus, from caput ("head") (English cap). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English capitain, from Old French, from Late Latin capitāneus, chief, from Latin caput, capit-, head. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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 Im 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_!”
“The election's outcome determines which players will earn the honor of the title captain for the Kansas University football team.”
“But our captain is a strange man, and I beg of you to be prepared for anything — understand? — for anything.”
“So why Alan Hansen was so confident Montenegro would be put to the sword he recommended resting the captain is a mystery.”
“` ` Weekes makes two big stops in a row and your captain is able to win it for you.”
“It helps who our captain is and you want to play for him and you want to be on the team," Woods says.”
“You should really pick one doctor to be what they call the captain of the ship.”
“Just to be on the team with the greatest player in the world as your captain is the greatest honor in the world," Chris DiMarco said shortly after hitting his Cup-clinching putt.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘captain’.
Protagonists and relevant words in the Book of Creation (Source: King James Bible)
Words used quite often in steampunk
Here be a trove of words and phrases associated (fore or aft) with picarooning / pickarooning, scavenged from Google Books citations.
The Prince Edward Island folksong Mick Riley inspi...
Any of these entries may be drafted into the Oh yeah? You and what army? list.
O Captain my Capt..., Captain Kirk, Captain America, Captain Benjamin ..., bell captain, captain's chair, captain's log, captain's mast, I am the captain ..., Captain Crunch, aye aye captain, sea captain and 80 more...
Ridiculous American cheese, but entertaining all the same.
Nice ambient words from the movie. (With apologies to Patrick O'Brian.) Aaaah, life at sea...aboard a hulk of the British navy in 1805...
From Notre Dame de Paris by good ole Victor Hugo. (Also called The Hunchback of Notre Dame.)
Looking for tweets for captain.