ADMIRAL - Black's Law Dictionary

What is ADMIRAL? Definition of ADMIRAL in Black's Law Dictionary

Title  of  high  naval  officers;  they are of various grades,—rear admiral, vice-admiral, admiral, admiral of the fleet, the last named being the highest. But by Act of Jan. 24, 1873 (17 Stat. 418), certain grades ceased to exist when the offices became vacant.

In old English law, a high officer or magis- trate that had the government of the king's navy, and the hearing of all causes belonging to the sea. Cowell.

In European law, an officer who presided over the admiralitas,  or  collegium  ammiralitatis.  Locc. de Jur.Mar. lib. 2, c. 2, § 1.

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