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Main Entry: 1cap·tain
Pronunciation: primarystresskap-tschwan
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English capitane "military leader," from early French capitain (same meaning), from Latin capitaneus "chief," from caput "head" --related to CADET, CAPITAL, CHIEF
1 a : the commanding officer of a military unit b : a military commissioned officer with a rank just below that of major
2 a : the commanding officer of a ship b : a naval commissioned officer with a rank just below that of commodore
3 : a fire or police department officer with a rank usually between that of chief and lieutenant
4 a : the leader of a team or side b : a person in charge of several waiters in a restaurant
- cap·tain·cy /-semacron/ noun

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