Definition of admiral noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈædmərəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædmərəl//
The navy, People in sea travel
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an officer of very high rank in the navy The admiral visited the ships under his command. Admiral Lord Nelson Wordfinderadmiral, aircraft carrier, base, captain, command, fleet, navy, submarine, torpedo, warship see also rear admiral, red admiral See related entries: The navy, People in sea travel Word OriginMiddle English (denoting an emir, a Muslim leader, 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- ‘of the’, used in titles (e.g. 'amīr-al-'umarā ‘ruler of rulers’), later assimilated to the familiar Latinate suffix -al.
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