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 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. Michael Stillwell, Town & Country, 11 Nov. 2020 The next, confirmed by a simple voice vote, spent 30 years in naval intelligence, was a vice admiral, the head of intelligence on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operation Desert Storm, and head of the National Security Agency. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, 26 May 2020 Adams, an anesthesiologist and a vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, said the novel coronavirus, which originated in China in late 2019, did not pose much of a threat to the young and healthy. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 14 Mar. 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,, 4 Jan. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 17 Sep. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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