Meaning of “captain” in the English Dictionary

"captain" in British English

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uk /ˈkæp.tɪn/ us /ˈkæp.tən/

B1 [ C ] the leader of a sports team:

It's unusual to have a goalkeeper as (the) captain of a football team.

B2 [ C ] the person in charge of a ship or an aircraft:

This is your captain speaking. We expect to be landing at Osaka Kansai airport in an hour's time.

[ C ] also Captain an officer's rank in the British army or navy, or in the US air force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or the US police and fire departments:

The captain gave him his orders.
Captain Lane/Alex Lane
[ as form of address ] Yes, Captain.

More examples

  • We were sinking fast, and the captain gave the order to abandon ship.
  • The team captain was forced to withdraw from the match due to injury.
  • He is now the vice captain of the team.
  • This was his last match as the team's captain.
  • He is undoubtedly England's best captain of recent years.

captainverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkæp.tɪn/ us /ˈkæp.tən/

(Definition of “captain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"captain" in American English

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captainnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæp·tən/

a naval officer of high rank, above a commander, or a military officer of middle rank, above a lieutenant

A captain is the person in charge of a ship or aircraft.

A captain is also an officer in a police or fire department.

A captain is also the leader of a sports team.

verb [ T ] us /ˈkæp·tən/

She captains the women’s rowing team.

(Definition of “captain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)