noun ad·mi·ral \ˈad-m(ə-)rəl\

: a high-ranking officer in the navy

Full Definition of ADMIRAL

archaic :  the commander in chief of a navy
a :  flag officer
b :  a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard who ranks above a vice admiral and whose insignia is four stars — compare general
archaic :  flagship
:  any of several brightly colored nymphalid butterflies — compare red admiral

Origin of ADMIRAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French amiral commander & Medieval Latin admiralis emir, admirallus admiral, from Arabic amīr-al- commander of the (as in amīr-al-baḥr commander of the sea)
First Known Use: 15th century
May 26, 2015
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