- The definition of a captain is a leader.
- An example of a captain is the pilot on a airplane.
- An example of a captain is the head person on a volleyball team.
- Captain means to lead.
An example of captain is to drive a ship through a storm.
An airline pilot, or captain.
- a chief or leader: captains of industry
- an important military leader
- the head of a group or division; specif.,
- U.S. Mil. an officer ranking above a first lieutenant and below a major
- U.S. Navy an officer ranking above a commander and below a commodore
- the person in command of a ship
- the pilot of an airplane
- the spokesman for a team in certain sports
- ☆ a precinct commander in a police or fire department
- ☆ a district leader of a political party
- ☆ headwaiter
- ☆ bell captain
Origin of captainMiddle English capitain ; from Old French capitaine ; from Late Latin capitaneus, chief ; from Classical Latin caput, head
- One who commands, leads, or guides others, especially:a. The officer in command of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.b. A precinct commander in a police or fire department, usually ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief.c. The designated leader of a team or crew in sports.
- a. A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above first lieutenant and below major.b. A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above commander and below rear admiral.c. One who holds the rank of captain.
- A figure in the forefront; a leader: a captain of industry.
- One who supervises or directs the work of others, especially:a. A district official for a political party.b. A restaurant employee who is in charge of the waiters and usually attends to table seating.c. A bell captain.
transitive verbcap·tained, cap·tain·ing, cap·tains
Origin of captainMiddle English capitain, from Old French, from Late Latin capitāneus, chief, from Latin caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
- cap′tain·cy, cap′tain·ship′
- A chief or leader.
- The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel.
- The captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.
- An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
- A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
- 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.
- 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.
- The leader of a group of workers.
- John Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."
- A maître d'.
- (southern US) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.
(third-person singular simple present captains, present participle captaining, simple past and past participle captained)
- (intransitive) To act as captain
- To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.