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1. The commander in chief of a fleet.
2. A flag officer.
a. A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above vice admiral and below Admiral of the Fleet.
b. One who holds the rank of admiral, Admiral of the Fleet, rear admiral, or vice admiral.
4. Any of various brightly colored nymphalid butterflies of the genera Limenitis and Vanessa, especially V. atalanta, having black wings with red bands.
5. Archaic The ship carrying an admiral; flagship.
[Middle English amiral, admiral, Muslim military commander, emir, admiral, ultimately (partly via Old French amiral) from Medieval Latin admīrālis, alteration (influenced by admīrārī, to wonder at, admire) of amīrālis, ultimately (possibly via Medieval Greek ameras, amerad-) from Arabic 'amīr, commander; see ʔmr in Semitic roots + Latin -ālis, noun suffix. Alternatively, both Old French amiral and Medieval Latin amīrālis ultimately from Arabic 'amīr-al-'ālī, the high commander ('amīr + al, the + 'ālī, high; see ʕly in Semitic roots).]
1. (Military) the supreme commander of a fleet or navy
2. (Military) Also called: admiral of the fleet or fleet admiral a naval officer of the highest rank, equivalent to general of the army or field marshal
3. (Military) a senior naval officer entitled to fly his own flag. See also rear admiral, vice admiral
4. (Nautical Terms) chiefly Brit the master of a fishing fleet
5. (Animals) any of various nymphalid butterflies, esp the red admiral or white admiral
[C13: amyral, from Old French amiral emir, and from Medieval Latin admīrālis (the spelling with d probably influenced by admīrābilis admirable); both from Arabic amīr emir, commander, esp in the phrase amīr-al commander of, as in amīr-al-bahr commander of the sea]
ad•mi•ral(ˈæd mər əl)
1. the commander in chief of a fleet.
2. (in the U.S. Navy)
a. a high-ranking officer, next above vice-admiral.
b. an officer of any of the four highest ranks: rear admiral, vice-admiral, admiral, and fleet admiral.
3. any of several brightly colored butterflies of the genera Vanessa and Basilarchia, as the red admiral, V. atalanta rubria.
4. Obs. the flagship of an admiral.
[1175–1225; Middle English, variant of amiral < Old French < Arabic amīr al commander of the amīr al-mu'minīn commander of the faithful]
admiral- First used in English to mean "an emir or prince under the Sultan," coming from Arabic amir al, "commander of"; admiral was originally a sea lord due to the office of amir-al-bahr or amir-al-ma (Arabic), "ameer/emir of the sea."
See also related terms for prince.
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|Noun||1.||admiral - the supreme commander of a fleet; ranks above a vice admiral and below a fleet admiral|
flag officer - a senior naval officer above the rank of captain
|2.||admiral - any of several brightly colored butterflies|
أمِير البَحْر، أمِيرَال
admiral[ˈædmərəl] N → almirante mf
admiral[ˈædmərəl] n (in the army, navy) → amiral m
Admiral Hodges → l'amiral Hodges
admiral[ˈædm/ərəl] n → ammiraglio
(with capital in titles) the commander of a navy. admiraal أمِير البَحْر، أمِيرَال адмирал almirante admirál der Admiral admiral ναύαρχοςalmirante admiral تیمسار؛ دریاسالار amiraali amiral/-ale אדמירל ऐडमिरल, नौसेनापति admiral tengernagy laksamana flotaforingi ammiraglio 海軍大将 해군 제독 admirolas admirālis laksamana admiraaladmiraladmirał امير البحر، دبحري قواو قوماندان، بورا. almirante amiral адмирал admirál admiral admiral amiral นาวิกโยธิน amiral 海軍上將 адмірал đô đốc 海军上将，舰队司令