- the commanding officer of a navy or fleet
- U.S. Navy
- an officer of the highest rank, ranking just above a vice admiral and having the insignia of four stars
- generally, any of the officers ranking above a captain, with admiral as part of the title of their rank
- Archaic a vessel carrying the admiral; flagship
- any of various large, colorful butterflies (genera Limenitis and Vanessa) with unusually small forelegs
Origin of admiralMiddle English admirail, amirail ; from Old French admiral, amiral ; from Arabic ʾamīral-ʿālī ; from ʾamīr, leader + ʿālī, high; spelling, spelled influenced, influence by admirable
- The commander in chief of a fleet.
- A flag officer.
- a. A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above vice admiral and below Admiral of the Fleet.b. One who holds the rank of admiral, Admiral of the Fleet, rear admiral, or vice admiral.
- Any of various brightly colored nymphalid butterflies of the genera Limenitis and Vanessa, especially V. atalanta, having black wings with red bands.
- Archaic The ship carrying an admiral; flagship.
Origin of admiralMiddle English amiral, admiral, from Old French and from Medieval Latin amīrālis, admīrālis, both from Arabic ’amīr al- &ellipsis;, commander of the &ellipsis; : ’amīr, commander; see ℵmr in Semitic roots + al-, the.
red admiral butterfly
- A naval officer of the highest rank; the commander of a country's naval forces.
- A naval officer of high rank, immediately below Admiral of the Fleet; the commander of a fleet or squadron.
- A flag officer in the United States Navy or Coast Guard of a grade superior to vice admiral and junior to admiral of the fleet (when that grade is used). An admiral is equal in grade or rank to a four star general.
- The ship which carries the admiral, the flagship; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet.
- Any of various nymphalid butterflies of Europe and America, especially a red admiral or white admiral.
First recorded in English September, 1300, to refer to Gerard Allard of Winchelsea, referred to as “Admiral of the Fleet of the Cinque Ports”.
c. 1205 (?).