captain general
A commander-in-chief or a ceremonial head.

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  • Captain General — (and its literal equivalent in several languages) is a high military rank and a gubernatorial title.HistoryThe term Captain General (actually General Captain ) started to appear in the 14th century, with the meaning of commander in Chief of an… …   Wikipedia

  • Captain general — Captain Cap tain (k[a^]p t[i^]n), n. [OE. capitain, captain, OF. capitain, F. capitaine (cf. Sp. capitan, It. capitano), LL. capitaneus, capitanus, fr. L. caput the head. See under {Chief}, and cf. {Chieftain}.] 1. A head, or chief officer; as:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • captain general — noun (plural captains general or captain generals) 1. : the commander in chief of an army 2. : the commander in chief of the militia of a colony or state 3. : the military governor of a colony, especially a Spanish colony …   Useful english dictionary

  • captain general — ▪ Spanish history Spanish  Capitán General,         in colonial Spanish America, the governor of a captaincy general, a division of a viceroyalty. Captaincies general were established districts that were under serious pressures from foreign… …   Universalium

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  • Captain General of the Church — The Captain General of the Church (Italian: Capitano generale ) was the de facto commander in chief of the papal armed forces during the Middle Ages. The post was usually conferred on an Italian noble with a professional military reputation or… …   Wikipedia

  • Captain General Royal Marines — The Captain General Royal Marines is the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines. The current incumbent is HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.The uniform and insignia are those of a Field Marshal.This position should not be confused with that of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief — noun Australian History (in the first decades of settlement) the governor of one of the Australian colonies; Governor in Chief …   Australian English dictionary

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