March 26, 2004

Captain: Word Origin

CAPTAIN • The head of a ship or a plane drives his or her title from the human head. It began in Latin with the noun caput, "a head." This generated the Low Latin capitaneus, meaning "chief" or "leader," as in someone who represents the head of a body of people. The meaning stuck, as the word appeared in Middle French and then in Middle English as captein.

Source: The Word Origin Calendar Thursday, March, 25, 2004

Posted by niganit at March 26, 2004 2:32 PM
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