Kapitän

See also: kapitan and kapitán

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German kapitān, borrowed (13th c.) in the military sense from Old French capitaine (leader), from Late Latin capitāneus. The nautical sense (15th c.) follows Italian capitano. The sport sense (early 20th c.) follows English captain.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kapiˈtɛːn/, [ka.piˈtɛːn], [-pɪ-], [-ˈteːn]
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NounEdit

Kapitän m (genitive Kapitäns, plural Kapitäne, female Kapitänin)

  1. (nautical, aviation) captain
    Synonyms: (all informal) Käpt'n, Käpten, Kaptein
    • 1915, Else Ury, Nesthäkchen im Kinderheim; in: 2016, Karl-Maria Guth (editor), Nesthäkchen Gesamtausgabe in zwei Bänden. Erster Band, p. 327:
      Es war Frau Kapitän Clarsen, Annemaries Pensionsmutter.
  2. (military, navy) Short for Kapitän zur See (captain: high-level officer rank equivalent to an army colonel).
  3. (other military, obsolete, except in translation of cognate words) captain (medium-level officer rank)
    Synonym: Hauptmann
  4. (sports) captain (player who leads a team and serves as contact person for the referee)
    Synonym: Spielführer

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NounEdit

Kapitän m (plural Kapitäns)

  1. captain