Definition of admiral in English:

admiral

Syllabification: ad·mi·ral
Pronunciation: /ˈadm(ə)rəl
 
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noun

1A commander of a fleet or naval squadron, or a naval officer of very high rank.
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  • In 1914 Beatty was one of the youngest admirals in the Royal Navy, and, as commander of the battle-cruiser squadron of the Grand Fleet, held one of the navy's most prestigious appointments.
  • It was as if he was planning his next move, with the subtlety and care of an admiral commanding a fleet of warships.
  • To copy correspondence, an admiral commanding an entire fleet might have two or three clerks, an aide/flag lieutenant, and occasionally a supply officer.
1.1A commissioned officer of very high rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard, ranking above a vice admiral.
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  • HMS Portland was launched in 1999 by Lady Brigstocke, wife of the then Second Sea Lord, Admiral Sir John Brigstocke.
  • The Admiral founded the Royal Thai Naval Academy and the Marine Engineering School.
  • It is code-named Clasciaris, and is the only fleet not to be controlled by an Admiral.
1.2 short for vice admiral or rear admiral.
2 [with modifier] A butterfly that has dark wings with bold colorful markings.
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  • If you live near a park or wooded area, it may provide habitat for Mourning Cloaks, admirals, and tiger swallowtails, who will foray into your yard for nectar.
  • Another butterfly that is rarely seen is white admiral, a beautiful butterfly that spends a lot of time feeding on honeydew at the tops of trees.
  • There is often an extreme contrast between full sunshine and deep shadow, as can be seen in the photograph of the White Admiral.

Origin

Middle English (denoting an emir or Saracen commander): from Old French amiral, admirail, via medieval Latin from Arabic ῾amīr 'commander' (from ῾amara 'to command'). The ending -al was from Arabic -al- in the sense 'of the' used in forming titles (e.g., ῾amīr-al-'umarā 'ruler of rulers'), later assimilated to the familiar Latinate suffix -al.

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