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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-mer-uh l]
    • /ˈæd mər əl/
    • /ˈæd.mɪ.rəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-mer-uh l]
    • /ˈæd mər əl/

Definitions of admiral word

  • countable noun admiral An admiral is a senior officer in a navy. 3
  • noun admiral the supreme commander of a fleet or navy 3
  • noun admiral a naval officer of the highest rank, equivalent to general of the army or field marshal 3
  • noun admiral a senior naval officer entitled to fly his own flag 3
  • noun admiral the master of a fishing fleet 3
  • noun admiral any of various nymphalid butterflies, esp the red admiral or white admiral 3

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Origin of admiral

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
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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Parts of speech for Admiral


admiral popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

admiral usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for admiral

noun admiral

  • legislature — a deliberative body of persons, usually elective, who are empowered to make, change, or repeal the laws of a country or state; the branch of government having the power to make laws, as distinguished from the executive and judicial branches of government.
  • management — the act or manner of managing; handling, direction, or control.
  • ministry — the service, functions, or profession of a minister of religion.
  • cabinet — A cabinet is a cupboard used for storing things such as medicine or alcoholic drinks or for displaying decorative things in.
  • bureau — A bureau is an office, organization, or government department that collects and distributes information.

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