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 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, "How Did the U.S. End Up with Nurses Wearing Garbage Bags?," 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, "Trump’s Pitch to Puerto Rican Voters," 9 Feb. 2020 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, "Alabama’s greatest 100 football players: 2019 season update," 9 Mar. 2020 In 2018, Trump national security adviser John Bolton fired rear admiral Timothy Ziemer, the White House official in charge of coordinating the response to a global epidemic, and disbanded his office. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The market doesn’t need a rate cut—it needs Trump to take coronavirus more seriously," 3 Mar. 2020 My father was a two-star rear admiral — the highest-ranking military officer that day and also a retired American Airlines captain. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'The public has forgotten': 9/11 family members lament justice delayed at Guantanamo Bay," 1 Feb. 2020 Alameda’s Coast Guard Island, the artificial island in the Oakland estuary, is overseen by Byrd’s bosses, a rear admiral and vice admiral, and acts as the command center for operations from the Rocky Mountains to the Indian Ocean. Carolyn Said,, "In ever-changing Bay Area, Coast Guard captain has complex assignment," 4 Jan. 2020 Gallagher filed a complaint with the inspector general accusing a rear admiral of insubordination for defying Trump’s actions. Washington Post, "Secretary of Navy says Trump’s tweet is not a formal order," 24 Nov. 2019 At halfime, Navy led, 6-0, having scored on a five-yard run by halfback Art Spring, later a rear admiral and chief of staff of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Mike Klingaman,, "Baltimore was genesis of Navy-Notre Dame rivalry," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rear admiral

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Rear admiral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rear admiral

: an officer of high rank in the navy

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