admiral definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English admirail, amirail ; from Old French admiral, amiral ; from Arabic ʾamīral-ʿālī ; from ʾamīr, leader plush ʿālī, high; spelling, spelled influenced, influence by admirable
- admiralship noun
admiral definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The commander in chief of a fleet.
- A flag officer.
- a. Abbr. ADM or Adm. A commissioned rank in the U.S. 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 butterflies of the genera Limenitis and Vanessa.
- Archaic The ship carrying an admiral; flagship.
Origin: Middle English amiral, admiral, from Old French and from Medieval Latin amīrālis, admīrālis, both from Arabic ’amīr al- …, commander of the … : ’amīr, commander; see אmr in Semitic roots + al-, the.