captain etymology

English word captain comes from Proto-Indo-European *kaput, Proto-Indo-European *kh₂pyéti (To be grasping.)

Detailed word origin of captain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kaput Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kh₂pyéti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be grasping.
*kaput Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Head.
capitellum Latin (lat) (Late Latin) capital or chapiter of a column. (Late Latin) small head.
capita Latin (lat)
capitaneus Late Latin (LL)
capitāneus Malayalam (mal)
capitāneus Late Latin (LL)
capitaine Old French (fro)
captain English (eng) (internet) Someone who provides contextual information for a post. Originally a shorthand for 'Captain Obvious'.. (southern US) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.. 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.. A chief or leader.. A commissioned officer in the United States [...]

Words with the same origin as captain

Descendants of *kaput
achieve ahead cabbage cadet cap cape capital cattle chapter chef chief dickhead forehead handkerchief head headache headed heading headline headmaster headquarters heads mutt overhead
Descendants of *kh₂pyéti
accept apart case cash catch chase command commander common community escape except had have haven heaven heavy hello main manage part particular partner party prince