rear admiral


rear admiral

noun

: an officer of high rank in the navy

Full Definition of REAR ADMIRAL

:  a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard having either of two ranks:
a :  one who ranks above a captain —called also rear admiral (lower half)
b :  one who ranks above a rear admiral (lower half) and below a vice admiral —called also rear admiral (upper half)

First Known Use of REAR ADMIRAL

1589

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