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admiral

[ad-mer-uhl]
noun
1.
the commander in chief of a fleet.
2.
a naval officer of the highest rank.
3.
a naval officer of a high rank: the grades in the U.S. Navy are fleet admiral, admiral, vice-admiral, and rear admiral.
4.
Obsolete. the flagship of an admiral.
5.
British. a master who directs a fishing fleet.
6.
any of several often brightly colored butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, as Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English, variant of amiral < Old French < Arabic amīr al commander of the; -d- < Medieval Latin admīrābilis mundī for Arabic amīr al-mu'minīn commander of the faithful; or with replacement of a-5 by ad-, as in administer

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admiral (ˈædmərəl)
 
n
1.  the supreme commander of a fleet or navy
2.  admiral of the fleet, Also called: fleet admiral a naval officer of the highest rank, equivalent to general of the army or field marshal
3.  rear admiral See also vice admiral a senior naval officer entitled to fly his own flag
4.  chiefly (Brit) the master of a fishing fleet
5.  any of various nymphalid butterflies, esp the red admiral or white admiral
 
[C13: amyral, from Old French amiral emir, and from Medieval Latin admīrālis (the spelling with d probably influenced by admīrābilis admirable); both from Arabic amīr emir, commander, esp in the phrase amīr-al commander of, as in amīr-al-bahr commander of the sea]
 
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admiral
c.1200, from O.Fr. amiral, probably from Arabic title amir-ar-rahl "chief of the transport," officer in the Mediterranean fleet, from amir "leader," influenced by L. ad-mirabilis (see admire). Admiralty "naval branch of English executive" first recorded mid-15c.
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