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[kap-tuh n-see] /ˈkæp tən si/
noun, plural captaincies for 2.
the office or rank of a captain.
a district or area administered by a captain.
the ability of a captain; captainship.
Origin of captaincy
1810-20; captain + -cy
Related forms
subcaptaincy, noun, plural subcaptaincies. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Stebbins, the fellow next behind him, a strong candidate for the captaincy, looked bored and sullen.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • If I am commandant of this force I hand over the captaincy of this company to you.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Net result, his captaincy and a brevet majority, coupled with the Distinguished Service Order.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • "It was on the matter of this captaincy that we fell to words," he answered, with more humility.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Very much to his surprise, his friends put him up for the captaincy of this company about to enter active service.

  • Yes, your dream points to a captaincy, and I have the order to realize this dream.

  • "Coulter is out for a captaincy, too," said Jack, who had come up during the talk.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • How Sobber had ever gotten the captaincy of this team was a mystery.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • In 1880 a captaincy and his marriage probably did something to make him take his career more seriously.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • On this occasion he received a ball in the shoulder, and was promoted to a captaincy.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
Word Origin and History for captaincy

1818, from captain (n.) on the model of lieutenancy or some similar word where the -c- is etymologically justified.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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