Admiral

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Admiral is the highest rank in a navy. The term is used internationally by many countries. It derives originally from the Arabic amīr (= commander), and comes down to us by way of Old French and Latin.[1]

Variations on the term are:

  • Admiral of the Fleet: originally, the Admiral in charge of an operational fleet, later used to designate senior status.
  • Vice-Admiral: step lower in rank than Admiral.
  • Rear-Admiral: two steps lower in rank than Admiral.
  • Admiralty: the department of government which administers the navy.
  • Admiralty Board: committee of the Ministry of Defence (UK)
  • Admiral: a butterfly of vivid colour belonging to the Nymphalid family.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Concise Oxford Dictionary, 9th ed p 18.