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Borrowed from Old French capitaine, from Late Latin capitāneus, from Latin caput (head).



captaen m (genitive singular captaein, nominative plural captaein)

  1. captain (person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel)
    • 1939, Peig Sayers, “Inghean an Cheannaidhe”, printed in Marie-Louise Sjoestedt, Description d’un parler irlandais de Kerry, Bibliothèque de l'École des Hautes Études 270. Paris: Librairie Honoré Champion, p. 193:
      Ba ghnáthach le captaen óg luinge teacht ar cuaird go tig an cheannaidhe go minic agus do bhíodh sé ana-cheanamhail ar Mháire Bhán.
      A young ship’s captain had the custom of often visiting the merchant’s house and he was very fond of Máire Bhán.
  2. captain (military rank)
  3. captain (member of a sports team designated to make decisions)



Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
captaen chaptaen gcaptaen
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.