rear admiral

noun

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)

Examples of rear admiral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inducted with the College Football Hall of Fame’s third class in the 1956, Whitmire reached the rank of rear admiral in the Navy. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Inducted with the College Football Hall of Fame’s third class in the 1956, Whitmire reached the rank of rear admiral in the Navy. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Inducted with the College Football Hall of Fame’s third class in the 1956, Whitmire reached the rank of rear admiral in the Navy. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Inducted with the College Football Hall of Fame’s third class in the 1956, Whitmire reached the rank of rear admiral in the Navy. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Inducted with the College Football Hall of Fame’s third class in the 1956, Whitmire reached the rank of rear admiral in the Navy. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Harley, a two-star rear admiral with 37 years of service, formerly served as president of the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Aug. 2021 One sling snapped while attempting to lift the submarine’s sail section, which weighs more than 18 tons, said Iwan Isnurwanto, a rear admiral in the Indonesian navy. Jon Emont, WSJ, 18 May 2021 The retired Navy rear admiral said the purpose of the stand-down was to reinforce DOD values and conduct a listening session with service members and employees. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 30 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rear admiral

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Rear admiral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rear%20admiral. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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