rear admiral

noun
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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)

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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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