Captain and chief officer are overlapping terms, formal or informal, for the commander of a military unit, the commander of a ship, airplane, spacecraft, or other vessel, or the commander of a port, fire department or police department, election precinct, etc. Captain is a military rank in armies, navies, coast guards, etc., typically at the level of an officer commanding a company of infantry, a ship, or a battery of artillery, or similar distinct unit. Chief officer may be used interchangeably with captain in some situations, as when a Captain-ranked Navy officer is serving as the commander of a ship. The terms also may be used as an informal or honorary title for persons in similar commanding roles. In mining (esp. Cornish), it is an honorific given the superintendent or manager of a mine.
The term "captain" derives from katepánō (Greek: κατεπάνω, lit. "the one placed at the top", or "the topmost") which was used as title for 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 late Latin "capitaneus" (which derives from the classical Latin word "caput", meaning head). This hybridized term gave rise to the English language term captain and its equivalents in other languages (Capitan, Capitaine, Capitano, Capitão, Kapitan, Kapitän, Kapitein, Kapteeni, Kapten, kapitány, Kapudan Pasha, etc.).
Captain may also refer to:
- Captain (naval), rank corresponding to command of the largest ships in English-speaking navies
- Group captain, senior commissioned rank in the air forces of many countries
- Sea captain, high grade licensed mariner in ultimate command of the vessel
- Kapitän, shortened version of several ranks in the German navy
- The Captain (1946 film), a French film
- Captain (film), a 1999 Malayalam film
- The Captain (1971 film), 1971 German film
- The Captain (2017 film), 2017 German film
- The Captain, a minor character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Captain, a non-rail vehicle in Thomas & Friends
- The Captain, nickname of the main character in the children's television show Captain Kangaroo
- Captain, nickname of Indian actor Vijayakanth
- The Captain (play), a 1647 stage play by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
- The Captain (novel), a 1967 novel by Jan de Hartog
- The Captain (magazine), a magazine for young boys
- Captain (Hellsing), a fictional character from the Hellsing manga and OVA
- Captain (manga), a 1972 baseball manga series by Akio Chiba
- Captain (comics), a satiric superhero from the comic book Nextwave
- Captain America or The Captain, a Marvel Comics superhero
- "The Captain" (Biffy Clyro song), 2009
- "The Captain" (Guster song), 2006
- "The Captain" (Leonard Cohen song), 1984
- "The Captain" (The Knife song), 2006
- Captain (sports), the leader of an athletic team
- Captain (association football), a member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team
- Captain (Australian rules football), a player who has several additional roles and responsibilities
- Captain (cricket), the appointed leader of a team
- Captain (ice hockey), the player authorized to speak with the game officials regarding rule interpretations
- Captain (baseball), an honorary title sometimes given to a member of the team to acknowledge his leadership
- Captains, the sports teams of Christopher Newport University
- "The Captain", a nickname for hockey player Steve Yzerman
- "The Captain", a nickname for baseball player Derek Jeter
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