rear admiral


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 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 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 |, al, 8 Mar. 2021 The retired Navy rear admiral gave glowing reports about Trump’s health. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, 24 Dec. 2020 The Engel family imagined a funeral that would bring together friends and family and honor the rear admiral’s distinguished military career with all the pomp and solemnity that comes with a burial at Arlington Cemetery. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020 The son of a Navy rear admiral, Morrison cultivated his own mystique. Keith Spera,, 9 Dec. 2020 Kushner and his team had embedded at FEMA, along with a Navy rear admiral, John Polowczyk, to oversee the supply-chain crisis, but Ries managed only to speak with an aide to the admiral. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2020 Last week the administration named Coast Guard rear admiral Peter Brown to a new White House post to oversee disaster relief efforts. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of rear admiral

1589, in the meaning defined above

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31 May 2021

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“Rear admiral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rear admiral

: an officer of high rank in the navy

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