captain

A captain is the person in charge of a group. The captain of a high school soccer team is usually an elected or appointed leader.

The word captain can describe any leader, but it's traditionally been the name for the person on a boat or ship with the highest rank. The captain of a fishing boat is responsible for making decisions about what route to take and how best to avoid bad weather. When she steers the boat, you can say she captains it. The word comes from the Late Latin capitaneus, "chief," from caput, or "head."

Definitions of captain
  1. noun
    the leader of a group of people
    “a captain of industry”
    synonyms: chieftain
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    type of:
    leader
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  2. noun
    the naval officer in command of a military ship
    synonyms: skipper
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    types:
    flag captain
    the captain of a flagship
    type of:
    commissioned naval officer
    a commissioned officer in the navy
  3. noun
    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
    synonyms: master, sea captain, skipper
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    examples:
    Captain Kidd
    Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
    type of:
    officer, ship's officer
    a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel
  4. noun
    the pilot in charge of an airship
    synonyms: senior pilot
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    types:
    group captain
    a commissioned officer (especially one in the Royal Air Force) equivalent in rank to a colonel in the army
    type of:
    airplane pilot, pilot
    someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
  5. noun
    a policeman in charge of a precinct
    synonyms: police captain, police chief
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    examples:
    Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria
    Soviet chief of secret police under Joseph Stalin; was executed by his associates in the power struggle following Stalin's death (1899-1953)
    types:
    Chief Constable
    the head of the police force in a county (or similar area)
    type of:
    officer, police officer, policeman
    a member of a police force
  6. noun
    a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers
    synonyms: headwaiter, maitre d', maitre d'hotel
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    type of:
    dining-room attendant, restaurant attendant
    someone employed to provide service in a dining room
  7. noun
    an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
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    type of:
    commissioned military officer
    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
  8. verb
    be the captain of a sports team
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    type of:
    head, lead
    be in charge of
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