rear admiral

noun

Definition of rear admiral

  1. :  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)

1589

First Known Use of rear admiral

1589


REAR ADMIRAL Defined for English Language Learners

rear admiral

noun

Definition of rear admiral for English Language Learners

  • : an officer of high rank in the navy


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