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Definition of captain noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the person in charge of a ship or commercial aircraft Captain Cook The captain gave the order to abandon ship. Captain Jones and her copilot
  2. 2an officer of fairly high rank in the navy, the army, and the U.S. air force Captain Lance Price
  3. 3the leader of a group of people, especially a sports team She was captain of the hockey team at school. He has just been made team captain.
  4. 4an officer of high rank in a U.S. police or fire department
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: captain