Meaning of captain

cap•tain

Pronunciation: (kap'tun, -tin), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.
  2. an officer ranking in most armies above a first lieutenant and below a major.
  3. an officer in the U.S. Navy ranking above a commander and below a rear admiral or a commodore.
  4. a military leader.
  5. an officer in the police department, ranking above a lieutenant and usually below an inspector.
  6. an officer of the fire department, usually in command of a company, ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief or assistant chief.
  7. the commander of a merchant vessel. Cf.
  8. the pilot of an airplane.
  9. a local official in a political party responsible for organizing votes on a ward or precinct level.
  10. the field leader of a team: The captain of the home team elected to receive on the kickoff.
  11. a person of great power and influence, esp. based on economic wealth.
  12. headwaiter.
  13. See
  14. an unofficial title of respect for a man (sometimes used humorously or ironically).
—v.t.
  1. to lead or command as a captain.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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