captain Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “captain” - English Dictionary

"captain" in American English

See all translations

captainnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkæp·tən/
a ​navalofficer of high ​rank, above a ​commander, or a ​militaryofficer of ​middlerank, 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 ​firedepartment.
A captain is also the ​leader of a ​sportsteam.
captain
verb [T]  us   /ˈkæp·tən/
She captains the women’s ​rowingteam.
(Definition of captain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"captain" in British English

See all translations

captainnoun

uk   /ˈkæp.tɪn/  us   /ˈkæp.tən/
B1 [C] the ​leader of a ​sportsteam: It's ​unusual to have a ​goalkeeper as (the) captain of a ​footballteam.
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 ​airforce, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or the US ​police and ​firedepartments: The captain gave him his ​orders. Captain Lane/Alex Lane [as form of address] Yes, Captain.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

captainverb [T]

uk   /ˈkæp.tɪn/  us   /ˈkæp.tən/
(Definition of captain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of captain?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

cracker

a thin, flat, hard biscuit, especially one eaten with cheese

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More