Etymology: 15th century. From Old French Old French, admiral, amiral (modern amiral), from (Arab.) (ARchar, ÙÙ) (amÄr) "commander" + -al. Later associated with admirable. Comapre amir, emir.
- (obsolete) A prince or Saracen leader under the Sultan.
- A naval officer of the highest rank; the commander of a country's naval forces.
- A naval officer of high rank, immediately below Admiral of the Fleet; the commander of a fleet or squadron.
- The ship which carries the admiral, the flagship; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet.
- (zoological) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of Europe and America, especially a red admiral or white admiral.
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