the ability or skill of a military captain; leadership or generalship.
There he was offered a captainship, if he would stay and fight a little.
A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
My captainship of cavalry was now no longer thought of: I was destined to political employment.
The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck Baron Trenck
When the war lasted, I fared well enough, as long as I kept the captainship my friend had got me ere the woman played me false.
Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
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, […]
a person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader. an officer ranking in most armies above a first lieutenant and below a major. an officer in the U.S. Navy ranking above a commander and below a rear admiral or a commodore. a military leader. an officer in the police […]
a novel (1897) by Rudyard Kipling.
- Captains of industry
captains of industry A phrase that is sometimes used to describe businesspeople who are especially successful and powerful.