Kapitän

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See also: kapitan and kapitán

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From Middle High German kapitān, borrowed from Old French capitaine (leader), from Late Latin capitāneus. The meaning "capitain on a vessel" is due to Italian influence.

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Kapitän m (genitive Kapitäns, plural Kapitäne, feminine Kapitänin)

  1. captain (male or of unspecified sex) (on a vessel)
    • 1915, Else Ury, Nesthäkchen im Kinderheim; in: 2016, Karl-Maria Guth (editor), Nesthäkchen Gesamtausgabe in zwei Bänden. Erster Band, p. 327:
      Es war Frau Kapitän Clarsen, Annemaries Pensionsmutter.

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