Definition of admiral
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Monday’s free event will honor about a half dozen local Midway survivors, all in their 90s now, and will include speeches by Navy admirals and a flyover of military jets.
How to respond to China’s growing naval power has preoccupied many of the admirals, ministers and defense contractors who are expected to begin assembling Friday at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.
Jim Syring is the vice admiral who directs the Pentagon agency in charge of developing the missile defense system.
Gregg’s group was greeted by bands, generals, admirals, the Marlins dancers and his favorite — a Cub Scout pack standing at attention.
Colton said one U.S. admiral floated the idea of putting mercenary teams on commercial vessels to defend against pirate boardings.
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It is a curiosity of history that the word admiral has its source in Arabic, the language of a desert people who acquired their seafaring skills after the great expansion of Islam in the seventh century. As the name for a Muslim chieftain, the Arabic word amir appears as a loanword in medieval Latin documents in spellings such as amiratus, admirandus, and admirallus. These words display a variety of suffixes and an added d, through confusion with the Latin verb admirari, “to admire.” The ending -allus is probably from the Arabic article al, which actually belongs to the following word in phrases such as amir al-‘ali, “supreme commander.” The application of admirallus to a commander of a fleet originated in 12th-century Sicily, was adopted by the Genoese, and then spread to countries throughout western Europe, including France and England.
Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of admiral for English Language Learners
: a high-ranking officer in the navy
ADMIRAL Defined for Kids
Definition of admiral for Students
: 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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