vice admiral


: a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard who ranks above a rear admiral and whose insignia is three stars

Examples of vice admiral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father, Henry Kitson, was a vice admiral in the British Navy; his mother, Marjorie (de Pass) Kitson, was the daughter of a wealthy sugar and coffee importer. Clay Risen, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 He was nominated in January to become vice admiral in command of the 7th Fleet, based in Japan. Nick Anderson The Washington Post,, 25 Nov. 2023 President Biden nominated Rear Adm. Yvette M. Davids on April 20 for promotion to vice admiral, and she was scheduled to take the helm over the summer at the academy in Maryland. Nick Anderson The Washington Post,, 25 Nov. 2023 James Stockdale's at 1992 debate United States Navy vice admiral James Stockdale ran as the Independent candidate with H. Ross Perot at the vice presidential debate in Atlanta on Oct 12, 1992. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2023 She also was nominated to become a vice admiral. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2023 The third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Prince Andrew served in the Royal Navy for many years, including during the Falklands War in 1982, and holds the ranks of commander and vice admiral. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 1 June 2022 One became a vice admiral in the Chinese Navy. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 31 Oct. 2022 One photo — the photo — showed a Navy vice admiral and a smartly dressed woman cutting a cake as another uniformed officer looked on. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Middle French visamiral, from vis- vice- + amiral admiral

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vice admiral was in the 15th century

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“Vice admiral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

vice admiral

: a naval commissioned officer with a rank just below that of admiral

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