capitain

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French capitaine, borrowed itself from Late Latin capitāneus. Doublet of cheveteyn.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kap(ə)ˈtɛi̯n(ə)/, /kaːp(ə)ˈtɛi̯n(ə)/, /ˈkap(ə)tin(ə)/

Noun[edit]

capitain (plural capitaines)

  1. The head of a military grouping or force; a general or marshal.
  2. An officer; one who commands part of a military force or army.
  3. (rare) The leader of a nation or a political division; a high-ranking politician.
  4. (rare) One who leads military forces at sea.

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