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1. One who commands, leads, or guides others, especially:
a. The officer in command of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.
b. A precinct commander in a police or fire department, usually ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief.
c. The designated leader of a team or crew in sports.
a. A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above first lieutenant and below major.
b. A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above commander and below rear admiral.
c. One who holds the rank of captain.
3. A figure in the forefront; a leader: a captain of industry.
4. One who supervises or directs the work of others, especially:
a. A district official for a political party.
b. A restaurant employee who is in charge of the waiters and usually attends to table seating.
c. A bell captain.
tr.v. cap·tained, cap·tain·ing, cap·tains
To act as captain of; command or direct: captained the football team.

[Middle English capitain, from Old French, from Late Latin capitāneus, chief, from Latin caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]

cap′tain·cy, cap′tain·ship′ n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.captaincy - the post of captain
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
رِئاسَه، قِيادَه
funkcia kapitána


[ˈkæptənsɪ] Ncapitanía f


nBefehligung f, → Befehl m; (Sport) → Führung f; to get the captaincy (Sport) → zum Mannschaftskapitän ernannt werden; under his captaincymit ihm als Kapitän


(ˈkӕptən) noun
1. the commander of a ship, an aircraft, or a group of soldiers.
2. (abbreviated to Capt. , when written in titles) the leader of a team or club.
to be captain of (something non-military). John captained the football team last year.
ˈcaptaincy noun
the job of captain. the captaincy of the team.
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Meuwese tells of this in admirably researched and balanced chapters on such places as the kingdom of Kongo, the captaincies of Brazil, and the trading posts of New Netherland.