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the office or rank of a captain.
a district or area administered by a captain.
the ability of a captain; captainship.
Historical Examples

Stebbins, the fellow next behind him, a strong candidate for the captaincy, looked bored and sullen.
King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

I am quite willing to resign the captaincy, sir, if you wish it.
The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed

Net result, his captaincy and a brevet majority, coupled with the Distinguished Service Order.
The Day’s Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling

If I am commandant of this force I hand over the captaincy of this company to you.
Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle

Very much to his surprise, his friends put him up for the captaincy of this company about to enter active service.
The Life Of Abraham Lincoln Ward H. Lamon

“It was on the matter of this captaincy that we fell to words,” he answered, with more humility.
Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini

“Coulter is out for a captaincy, too,” said Jack, who had come up during the talk.
The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield

Yes, your dream points to a captaincy, and I have the order to realize this dream.
The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2) Alexandre Dumas pre

In 1880 a captaincy and his marriage probably did something to make him take his career more seriously.
Sir John French Cecil Chisholm

How Sobber had ever gotten the captaincy of this team was a mystery.
The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)


1818, from captain (n.) on the model of lieutenancy or some similar word where the -c- is etymologically justified.


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