vice admiral


Definition of vice admiral

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Three other candidates – Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam; Navy vice admiral and former Rep. Joe Sestak; and billionaire activist Tom Steyer – have not qualified for any of the three debates. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Lineup cut in half: Here's who made the third Democratic presidential debate," 29 Aug. 2019 His successor, Mike McConnell, was a vice admiral in the Navy and a former director of the National Security Agency. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Danger of John Ratcliffe," 30 July 2019 Willis Augustus Lee Lee, a native of Natlee, Kentucky, won seven medals at the 1920 Olympics on the USA Rifle Team before going on to become a vice admiral in the Navy. Rana Cash, The Courier-Journal, "From Olympic gold to Super Bowl MVP, Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame's 2019 class shines," 13 June 2019 The presence of Japanese submarines in the South China Sea would be displeasing to China, said Yoji Koda, a retired vice admiral in Japan’s navy. Chieko Tsuneoka And Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan Challenges China With Submarine Exercise," 17 Sep. 2018 Raquel Bono, a vice admiral in the U.S. Navy and a Filipina American, will speak at the University of Texas, Austin. Washington Post, "Amid #MeToo, more colleges host women as graduation speakers," 9 May 2018 McGrath also said having a likely three-star vice admiral at the fleet will improve coordination with NATO allies, particularly with Northern Europe and the United Kingdom. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "The Navy is resurrecting a fleet to protect the East Coast and North Atlantic from Russia," 5 May 2018 The only one who agreed to an interview was W. Douglas Crowder, a retired vice admiral who led the 7th Fleet from 2006 to 2008. Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, "Leaks, feasts and sex parties: How ‘Fat Leonard’ infiltrated the Navy’s floating headquarters in Asia," 1 Feb. 2018 Raquel Bono, a vice admiral in the United States Navy and a Filipina American, will speak at the University of Texas, Austin. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, "#MeToo movement brings a wave of female graduation speakers," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of vice admiral

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vice admiral

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

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“Vice admiral.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of vice admiral

: an officer in the navy with a rank just below that of admiral

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