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 for Captain general
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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:
        (a) The military officer who commands a company, troop, or
            battery, or who has the rank entitling him to do so
            though he may be employed on other service.
        (b) An officer in the United States navy, next above a
            commander and below a commodore, and ranking with a
            colonel in the army.
        (c) By courtesy, an officer actually commanding a vessel,
            although not having the rank of captain.
        (d) The master or commanding officer of a merchant vessel.
        (e) One in charge of a portion of a ship's company; as, a
            captain of a top, captain of a gun, etc.
        (f) The foreman of a body of workmen.
        (g) A person having authority over others acting in
            concert; as, the captain of a boat's crew; the captain
            of a football team.
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                  A trainband captain eke was he.   --Cowper.
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                  The Rhodian captain, relying on . . . the
                  lightness of his vessel, passed, in open day,
                  through all the guards.           --Arbuthnot.
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     2. A military leader; a warrior.
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              Foremost captain of his time.         --Tennyson.
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     Captain general.
        (a) The commander in chief of an army or armies, or of the
            militia.
        (b) The Spanish governor of Cuba and its dependent
            islands.
  
     Captain lieutenant, a lieutenant with the rank and duties
        of captain but with a lieutenant's pay, -- as in the first
        company of an English regiment.
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