Admiral Definition

The commander in chief of a fleet.
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The commanding officer of a navy or fleet.
Webster's New World
A flag officer.
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An officer of the highest rank, ranking just above a vice admiral and having the insignia of four stars.
Webster's New World
A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above vice admiral and below Admiral of the Fleet.
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Origin of Admiral

  • Middle English amiral, admiral from Old French and from Medieval Latin amīrālis, admīrālis both from Arabic ’amīr al- ... commander of the ... ’amīr commander ℵmr in Semitic roots al- the

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French amirail, amiral (modern amiral), from Arabic أمير البحر (ʾamīr al-baḥr, “commander of the fleet”). Later associated with admirable. Akin to amir, Amir and emir.

    From Wiktionary

  • First recorded in English September, 1300, to refer to Gerard Allard of Winchelsea, referred to as “Admiral of the Fleet of the Cinque Ports”.

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  • c. 1205 (?).

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