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admiral

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noun ad·mi·ral \ˈad-m(ə-)rəl\

Simple Definition of admiral

  • : a high-ranking officer in the navy

Full Definition of admiral

  1. 1 archaic :  the commander in chief of a navy

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 archaic :  flagship

  4. 4 :  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


ADMIRAL Defined for Kids

admiral

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noun ad·mi·ral \ˈad-mə-rəl, -mrəl\

Definition of admiral

  1. :  a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a vice admiral



History for admiral

The word admiral looks a lot like the word admire. The two words, though, are not related. Admire came from a Latin verb that meant “to marvel at.” Admiral came from an Arabic title that meant “commander.” It may have been part of a phrase that meant “commander of the sea.”



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