Pronunciation: (ad'mur-ul), [key]
1. the commander in chief of a fleet.
2. a naval officer of the highest rank.
3. a naval officer of a high rank: the grades in the U.S. Navy are fleet admiral, admiral, vice-admiral, and rear admiral.
4. Obs.the flagship of an admiral.
5. Brit.a master who directs a fishing fleet.
6. any of several often brightly colored butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, as Vanessa atalanta (red admiral).

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Admirable Crichton, TheAdmiral of the Fleet
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