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

Examples of vice admiral in a Sentence

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, "The British Royal Family Tree," 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, "Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble," 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, "‘Protect your granddaddy’: Surgeon general urges 'social distancing' to shield high-risk people from coronavirus," 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,, "In ever-changing Bay Area, Coast Guard captain has complex assignment," 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, "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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vice admiral.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vice admiral

Time Traveler for vice admiral

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for vice admiral

Cite this Entry

“Vice admiral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vice admiral

vice admiral


English Language Learners Definition of vice admiral

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

More from Merriam-Webster on vice admiral

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for vice admiral

Nglish: Translation of vice admiral for Spanish Speakers

Comments on vice admiral

What made you want to look up vice admiral? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!