admiral

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See also: Admiral, admirál, and admirał

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French amirail, amiral (modern amiral), from Arabic أمير البحر (ʾamīr al-baḥr, commander of the fleet). Later associated with admirable. Akin to amir, Amir and emir.

First recorded in English September, 1300, to refer to Gerard Allard of Winchelsea, referred to as “Admiral of the Fleet of the Cinque Ports”.[1]

c. 1205 (?).[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

admiral (plural admirals)

  1. A naval officer of the highest rank; the commander of a country's naval forces.
  2. A naval officer of high rank, immediately below Admiral of the Fleet; the commander of a fleet or squadron.
  3. A flag officer in the United States Navy or Coast Guard of a grade superior to vice admiral and junior to admiral of the fleet (when that grade is used). An admiral is equal in grade or rank to a four star general.
  4. The ship which carries the admiral, the flagship; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet.
  5. (obsolete) A prince or Saracen leader under the Sultan.
  6. Any of various nymphalid butterflies of Europe and America, especially a red admiral or white admiral.

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Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Mastery of the Sea, by Cyril Field, p. 234
  2. ^ admiral” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch admiraal

Noun[edit]

admiral m

  1. admiral

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic امير (amīr, commander) + -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /admǐraːl/
  • Hyphenation: ad‧mi‧ral

Noun[edit]

admìrāl m (Cyrillic spelling адмѝра̄л)

  1. admiral

Declension[edit]