Captain or The Captain (as well as Capitan
Capitan, Capitano, and Kapitan are equivalents of the English Captain in other European languages, usually referring to:*Captain *Captain Capitan, Capitano, and Kapitan may also refer to:-Companies:...

and Kapitan
Kapitän is the German word for Captain. It is also a shortened version of several ranks in the German navy, ranging from Korvettenkapitän to Kapitän zur See. The general meaning is equivalent to Captain....

) is derived from the Greek word katepánō
The katepánō was a senior Byzantine military rank and office. The word was Latinized as capetanus/catepan, and its meaning seems to have merged with that of the Italian "capitaneus"...

 (Greek: κατεπάνω, lit. "[the one] placed at the top", or " the topmost") which was a senior Byzantine military rank and office.

It may refer to:


  • Captain (nautical)
    Captain (nautical)
    A sea captain is a licensed mariner in ultimate command of the vessel. The captain is responsible for its safe and efficient operation, including cargo operations, navigation, crew management and ensuring that the vessel complies with local and international laws, as well as company and flag...

    , the person in command of a ship or similar vessel
  • Captain (airlines), the person or officer in charge of an aircraft
  • Fire captain
    Fire captain
    Captain is a rank in various fire services.In most American and Canadian fire services, a captain ranks above a lieutenant and below a Battalion Chief. This varies, though, between departments – in the Boston Fire Department, the captain is the officer in overall charge of a fire company...

    , an officer in a fire department
  • Police captain
    Police captain
    - France :France uses the rank of capitaine for management duties in both uniformed and plain-clothed policing. The rank comes senior to lieutenant and junior to commandant....

    , an officer in a police organization
  • Band captain, a drum major
    Drum Major
    A drum major is the leader of a marching band, drum and bugle corps, or pipe band, usually positioned at the head of the band or corps. The drum major, who is often dressed in more ornate clothing than the rest of the band or corps, is responsible for providing commands to the ensemble regarding...

     or other music leader who is also a member of the musical band
  • Caporegime
    A caporegime or capodecina, usually shortened to just a capo, is a term used in the Mafia for a high ranking made member of a crime family who heads a "crew" of soldiers and has major social status and influence in the organization...

    , Captain, or Capo, a high-ranking member in charge of a Mafia crew
  • Captain of industry
    Captain of industry
    "Captain of industry" was a term originally used in the United Kingdom during the Industrial Revolution describing a business leader whose means of amassing a personal fortune contributes positively to the country in some way....

    , a business leader
  • Captain of the Port
    Captain of the Port
    The Captain of the Port is an official who has different functions in the United Kingdom and the United States.-United Kingdom:In the Royal Navy, the Captain of the Port is the officer, usually with the rank of Captain, responsible for the day-to-day running of a Naval Dockyard under the authority...

    , an official with slightly different functions in the United Kingdom and the United States
  • Captain-major
    Captain-major is the English rendering of the Portuguese title Capitão-mor for colonial officers, put in charge of a capitania, Portuguese possession deemed not important enough to have its own colonial Governor.Due to the impossibility of exercising direct control and sovereignty over islands,...

    , a colonial officer of a Portuguese possession
  • Precinct captain
    Precinct captain
    A precinct captain is an individual who acts as the direct link between a political party organization and the voters in an election precinct...

    , a political party's representative at an election precinct
  • School Captain
    School Captain
    School Captain is a student appointed or elected to represent the school.This student, usually in the senior year, in their final year of attending that school...

    , a student elected or appointed to represent the school
  • Captain, the title of a chieftain in traditional Cretan society, well-known especially due to the Nikos Kazantzakis novel Captain Michalis
  • Captain or Captein, chieftain of the Oorlam people in 19th Century South Africa
    South Africa
    The Republic of South Africa is a country in southern Africa. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it is divided into nine provinces, with of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian oceans...

  • The Captain of a city in Ottoman-ruled Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Herzegovina is the southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While there is no official border distinguishing it from the Bosnian region, it is generally accepted that the borders of the region are Croatia to the west, Montenegro to the south, the canton boundaries of the Herzegovina-Neretva...

     was a local official with considerable civic power as well as some military authority in times of war or revolt (see Bosnian uprising).

Military ranks

NATO OF-5 / US O-6
  • Captain (naval)
    Captain (naval)
    Captain is the name most often given in English-speaking navies to the rank corresponding to command of the largest ships. The NATO rank code is OF-5, equivalent to an army full colonel....

  • Capitaine de vaisseau (French)
  • Captain at Sea
    Captain at Sea
    Captain at Sea, is a naval rank corresponding to command of a ship-of-the-line or capital ship....

  • Captain of Sea and War
    Captain of Sea and War
    Captain of Sea and War is a rank in a small number of navies, notably those of Portugal and Brazil, which corresponds to the rank of Ship-of-the-line Captain, or the US and Commonwealth rank of full Captain....

  • Captain (Canadian naval rank)
  • Captain (Royal Navy)
    Captain (Royal Navy)
    Captain is a senior officer rank of the Royal Navy. It ranks above Commander and below Commodore and has a NATO ranking code of OF-5. The rank is equivalent to a Colonel in the British Army or Royal Marines and to a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force. The rank of Group Captain is based on the...

  • Group Captain
    Group Captain
    Group captain is a senior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. It ranks above wing commander and immediately below air commodore...

    , a senior Air Force rank, generally in Britain and Commonwealth Countries
  • Ship-of-the-Line Captain
    Ship-of-the-Line Captain
    Ship-of-the-line captain is a rank that appears in several navies...

NATO OF-2 / US O-3
  • Captain (OF-2)
    Captain (OF-2)
    The army rank of captain is a commissioned officer rank historically corresponding to command of a company of soldiers. The rank is also used by some air forces and marine forces. Today a captain is typically either the commander or second-in-command of a company or artillery battery...

    , in most land and air forces
  • Captain (British Army and Royal Marines)
    Captain (British Army and Royal Marines)
    Captain is a junior officer rank of the British Army and Royal Marines. It ranks above Lieutenant and below Major and has a NATO ranking code of OF-2. The rank is equivalent to a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and to a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force...

  • Captain (United States)

Television and film

  • Captain, Starfleet ranks and insignia
    Starfleet ranks and insignia
    Starfleet ranks and insignia are fictional titles and badges that form the hierarchy of Starfleet in the Star Trek television shows and movies.-Overview:...

  • Welcome to The Captain
    Welcome to The Captain
    Welcome to The Captain is an American television comedy created, executive produced and directed by John Hamburg. Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen also serve as executive producers...

    , a television series on CBS
  • Captain, nickname of Indian actor Vijayakanth
  • The Sea Captain, a character in The Simpsons
  • Captain Pirate
    Captain Pirate
    Captain Pirate is a 1952 American action/adventure film directed by Ralph Murphy, starring Louis Hayward and Patricia Medina, and produced by Harry Joe Brown...

    , a 1952 film
  • The Captain
    The Captain (film)
    The Captain is a 1971 German comedy film directed by Kurt Hoffmann and starring Heinz Rühmann, Johanna Matz and Horst Tappert. The captain is of an old tramp steamer is offered the chance to take over a luxury cruise ship.-Cast:...

    , 1971 film


  • The Captain (play)
    The Captain (play)
    The Captain is the title of a Jacobean era stage play, a comedy written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. It was originally published in the first Beaumont and Fletcher folio of 1647.-Performance and publication:...

    , a 1647 stage play by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  • The Captain (1967 novel)
    The Captain (1967 novel)
    The Captain is a 1967 novel by Dutch writer Jan de Hartog.Ocean-going tugboats, a highly specialized field of nautical enterprise in which the Dutch have always taken the lead, were the subject of De Hartog's book, "Hollands Glorie" - in which the highly skilled tugboat sailors were depicted The...

    , by Jan de Hartog
  • The Captain (1900s magazine)
    The Captain (1900s magazine)
    The Captain was a magazine for young boys, published monthly in the United Kingdom from 1899 to 1924.It is perhaps best known for printing many of P. G. Wodehouse's early school stories, such as many of those featured in the collection Tales of St. Austin's...

    , a magazine for young boys


  • "The Captain", a former Captain America alternate identity, 1987–1989
  • Captain (Hellsing), a fictional character from the Hellsing manga and OVA
  • Captain (manga)
    Captain (manga)
    is a baseball manga series by Akio Chiba which ran in Monthly Shōnen Jump from 1972 to 1979. This series ran concurrently with another Chiba manga series Play Ball, which ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1973 to 1978...

     (キャプテン), a baseball manga series by Akio Chiba
  • Captain (comics)
    Captain (comics)
    The Captain is a fictional character, a satiric Marvel Comics superhero appearing in the book Nextwave...

    , a satiric superhero from the comic book Nextwave
  • Captain (Bleach) (隊長), the highest office available in the Gotei 13.
  • Captain Boomerang
    Captain Boomerang
    Captain Boomerang is a fictional character in the . A supervillain traditionally portrayed as an enemy of the Flash...

    , an Australian supervillain in the DC comics universe and member of the Flash's Rogues Gallery
  • Captain Marvel (disambiguation), several fictional characters
  • Captain Cold
    Captain Cold
    Captain Cold, real name Leonard Snart, is a comic book villain created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino as one of the archenemies of Flash. He is a leader of the Rogues...

    , a supervillain in the DC comics universe and member of the Flash's Rogues Gallery


  • Captain (album)
    Captain (album)
    Captain is the debut release by Scottish rock band Idlewild, released in January 1998. Although the number of tracks would normally class the release as an EP, Captain is commonly known as a mini-album...

    , a 1998 release from Scottish band Idlewild
  • Captain (band)
    Captain (band)
    Captain were an alternative rock band from London, England, who formed in early 2005. Influenced by groups such as The Smashing Pumpkins, The Beach Boys, My Bloody Valentine and The Cure, their music has also been compared by critics to Prefab Sprout, The Beautiful South and Deacon Blue...

    , a London-based alternative rock band
  • Captain, the pseudonym of Markus Kaarlonen
    Markus Kaarlonen
    Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen is a Finnish musician/songwriter/producer, and the keyboardist of the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. Kaarlonen catapulted to considerable underground fame with his Amiga MOD music in the early 1990s. His first commercial album was released as Dance Nation's album...

    , a Finnish musician/songwriter/producer
  • The Captain, the stage name used by Daryl Dragon
    Daryl Dragon
    Daryl Frank Dragon is a keyboardist, known as Captain in the successful 1970s pop musical duo Captain & Tennille, with his wife, Toni Tennille....

     as part of the 1970s and 1980s duo Captain & Tennille
  • The Captain (album)
    The Captain (album)

    , the 1999 solo debut album of Australian country music singer Kasey Chambers
  • "The Captain" (song), a 2009 song by Scottish band Biffy Clyro
  • "The Captain", a song from the 1984 Leonard Cohen album Various Positions
    Various Positions
    Various Positions, the seventh studio album by Leonard Cohen, was released in December 1984 . It marked not only Cohen's turn to the modern sound and use of synthesizers , but also - after her work on harmonies and background vocals on the previous Recent Songs - an even greater contribution from...

  • "The Captain", a song from the 2006 Guster album Ganging Up on the Sun
    Ganging Up on the Sun
    Ganging Up on the Sun is the fifth studio album by rock band Guster. It was released on June 20, 2006. The first single, "Manifest Destiny", was released in late 2005 and its follow-up, "One Man Wrecking Machine", in March 2006. It is Guster's second studio album with Joe Pisapia, his first as a...

  • "The Captain", a song on the 2006 album by The Knife, Silent Shout
    Silent Shout
    Silent Shout is the third studio album by Swedish electronic duo The Knife. It was initially released in Sweden on 15 February 2006 by Rabid Records, and subsequently in the rest of Europe the following month and in the United States on 25 July by Mute Records. Silent Shout is darker than its...


  • HMS Captain
    HMS Captain
    Seven ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Captain:*HMS Captain was a 70-gun third rate launched in 1678. She was rebuilt in 1708 and again in 1722, and converted to a hulk in 1739, finally being broken up in 1762....

    , one of seven Royal Navy ships
  • Captain class frigate
    Captain class frigate
    The Captain class were 78 frigates of the Royal Navy, constructed in the United States, launched in 1942–1943 and delivered to the United Kingdom under the provisions of Lend-Lease. They served in World War II as convoy escorts, anti-submarine warfare vessels and coastal forces control frigates...

    s, a class of 78 Royal Navy frigates
  • Royal Captain (East Indiaman)


  • Captain (sports)
    Captain (sports)
    In team sports, a captain is a title given to a member of the team. The title is frequently honorary, but in some cases the captain may have significant responsibility for strategy and teamwork while the game is in progress on the field...

    , the leader of an athletic team, often with additional roles or responsibilities
    • Captain (association football)
    • Captain (Australian rules football)
      Captain (Australian rules football)
      A captain of an Australian rules football team, sometimes known as a skipper is a player who, during the course of a match and off the field, has several additional roles and responsibilities over and above those of a regular player....

    • Captain (cricket)
      Captain (cricket)
      The captain of a cricket team often referred to as the skipper is the appointed leader, having several additional roles and responsibilities over and above those of a regular player...

    • Captain (ice hockey)
      Captain (ice hockey)
      In ice hockey, each team can designate an official captain for each game. The player serving as captain during the game wears a "C" on his or her jersey...

    • Captain (baseball)
    • National Football League team captains
      National Football League team captains
      In the National Football League, the team captain designation is a team-appointed position that designates certain players as leaders on and off the field. The captains program was implemented by the NFL Player Advisory Council established by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in conjunction with the...

  • The athletic moniker of Christopher Newport University
    Christopher Newport University
    Christopher Newport University, or CNU, is a public liberal arts university located in Newport News, Virginia, United States. CNU is the youngest comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia...

     is the Captains
  • "The Captain", a nickname for hockey player Steve Yzerman
    Steve Yzerman
    Stephen Gregory "Steve" Yzerman is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League...

  • "The Captain", a nickname for baseball player Derek Jeter
    Derek Jeter
    Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American baseball shortstop who has played 17 years in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. A twelve-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Jeter's clubhouse presence, on-field leadership, hitting ability, and baserunning have made him a central...


  • Captain (videotex)
    Captain (videotex)
    The Captain system was a Japanese videotex system created by NTT. Announced in 1978, it was trialled from 1979 to 1981, with a second larger trial held from 1982 to 1983. The service launched commercially in 1983...

    , a Japanese videotex system, operational from 1983 to 2002.
  • Marion 6360
    Marion 6360
    Marion 6360, also known as The Captain, was a giant power shovel built by the Marion Power Shovel company. Completed in 1965, it was the heaviest land vehicle ever built. The shovel originally started work with Southwestern Illinois Coal Corporation, but the owners were soon bought out by Arch Coal...

    , a power shovel known as "The Captain"
  • Captain field, a crude oil field on Block 13/22a in the UK North Sea
    North Sea
    In the southwest, beyond the Straits of Dover, the North Sea becomes the English Channel connecting to the Atlantic Ocean. In the east, it connects to the Baltic Sea via the Skagerrak and Kattegat, narrow straits that separate Denmark from Norway and Sweden respectively...

  • "The Captain," a nickname for the fascist Iron Guard leader, Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
    Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
    Corneliu Zelea Codreanu was a Romanian politician of the far right, the founder and charismatic leader of the Iron Guard or The Legion of the Archangel Michael , an ultra-nationalist and violently antisemitic organization active throughout most of the interwar period...

  • "Captain Dock," a Movie 2011.Back to the Conscince
    Pinocchio (1940 film)
    Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the story The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It is the second film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, and it was made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and was released to theaters by...

  • "The Nottingham Captain", 19th Century rebel Jeremiah Brandreth
    Jeremiah Brandreth
    Jeremiah Brandreth was an out-of-work stocking maker who lived in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, who was hanged for treason. He was known as "The Nottingham Captain"...

See also

  • Capitan (disambiguation)
  • El Capitan (disambiguation)
    El Capitan (disambiguation)
    El Capitan is the name of a cliff in Yosemite Valley, California.El Capitan may refer to:-Bodies of water:...

    , Spanish for "The Captain"
  • Kapitan (disambiguation)
  • Il Capitano
    Il Capitano
    Il Capitano is a masked character from the commedia dell'arte. He is often an outside who can maintain his claims only by benefit of the fact that none of the locals know him. He is usually a Spaniard given the fact that for most of the late Renaissance to well into 17th century, Italy was under...

  • Kapitän
    Kapitän is the German word for Captain. It is also a shortened version of several ranks in the German navy, ranging from Korvettenkapitän to Kapitän zur See. The general meaning is equivalent to Captain....

  • Katepano
    The katepánō was a senior Byzantine military rank and office. The word was Latinized as capetanus/catepan, and its meaning seems to have merged with that of the Italian "capitaneus"...

  • Kapudan Pasha
  • Captain Underpants
    Captain Underpants
    Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey is a series of American children's books about two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, and the aptly named superhero they accidentally create by hypnotizing their principal, Mr. Benny Krupp...

    , a book series by Dav Pilkey
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