Captain vs Chief - What's the difference?

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Captain is a related term of chief.

As nouns the difference between captain and chief

is that captain is a chief or leader while chief is (senseid)a leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc.

As a verb captain

is to act as captain.

As a adjective chief is

primary; principal.




(en noun)
  • A chief or leader.
  • *1526 , The (Bible) , tr. (William Tyndale), (w) 2:
  • *:For out of the shal come a captaine , whych shall govern my people israhel.
  • *1929 , (Rudyard Kipling), " The English Way":
  • *:Stand up-stand up, Northumberland! / I bid you answer true, / If England's King has under his hand / A Captain as good as you?
  • The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel.
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  • An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
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  • *:"A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain , as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.."
  • A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
  • A commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard]], NOAA Corps, or PHS Corps of a grade superior to a commander and junior to a . A captain is equal in grade or rank to an Army, Marine Corps, or [[United States Air Force, Air Force colonel.
  • (senseid)One of the athletes on a sports team who designated to make decisions, and is allowed to speak for his team with a referee or official.
  • *(Remember the Titans)
  • *:Captain's supposed to be the leader, right?
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 5, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool , passage=As Di Matteo celebrated and captain John Terry raised the trophy for the fourth time, the Italian increased his claims to become the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas by landing a trophy.}}
  • The leader of a group of workers.
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  • A .
  • *1977 , Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, lyricists, ,
  • *:So I called up the Captain , "Please bring me my wine." / He said: "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969."
  • (lb) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel .
  • Synonyms

    * (leader of a group of workers) supervisor, straw boss, foreman * (commander of a vessel) skipper, master * (pilot in command) pilot, pilot in command * (military rank) CAPT, , Capt, CPT (abbreviation)

    Derived terms

    * bell captain * captain of the fleet * captain of industry * corvette captain * cruiser captain * flag captain * fleet captain * flotilla captain * frigate captain * senior captain


    (en verb)
  • To act as captain
  • To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.
  • chief


    (wikipedia chief)


    (en noun)
  • (senseid)A leader or head of a group of people, organisation, etc.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 4:
  • My father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, was a chief by both blood and custom.
  • (heraldiccharge) The top part of a shield or escutcheon.
  • * 1889 , Charles Norton Elvin, A Dictionary of Heraldry :
  • When the Chief' is Charged with any figure, in blazon it is said to be "''On a '''Chief ".
  • (senseid)A head officer in a department, organization etc.; a boss.
  • All firefighters report to the fire chief .
  • An informal address to an equal.
  • Hey, chief.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    (chief) * chief constable * chiefess * chief executive * chief executive officer/CEO * chief legal officer * chief mate * chief of staff * chief of state * chief petty officer * commander in chief * dexter chief * editor in chief * fire chief * in chief * police chief * war chief


  • Primary; principal.
  • Negligence was the chief cause of the disaster.

    See also

    * chef




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