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.

1810–20; captain + -cy

subcaptaincy, noun, plural subcaptaincies. Unabridged
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captain (ˈkæptɪn)
1.  the person in charge of and responsible for a vessel
2.  an officer of the navy who holds a rank junior to a rear admiral but senior to a commander
3.  an officer of the army, certain air forces, and the marine corps who holds a rank junior to a major but senior to a lieutenant
4.  the officer in command of a civil aircraft, usually the senior pilot
5.  the leader of a team in games
6.  a person in command over a group, organization, etc; leader: a captain of industry
7.  (US) a police officer in charge of a precinct
8.  (US), (Canadian) (formerly) a head waiter
9.  (US), (Canadian) Also called: bell captain a supervisor of bellboys in a hotel
10.  informal (Austral) a person who is buying drinks for people in a bar
11.  (tr) to be captain of
[C14: from Old French capitaine, from Late Latin capitāneus chief, from Latin caput head]

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Example sentences
Only the smaller producers who do not have a shot at captaincy seem upset.
It was in a general street fight, and the difficulty originated about the
  captaincy of a military company.
He solemnly protests that he intended to make nothing by the transaction,
  except to retain the captaincy.
While no other name was put in last night for the vacant captaincy, nominations
  will remain open till the election evening.
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