Definition of capitano in US English:



  • (in Italy or among Italian speakers) a captain or chief (used chiefly as a form of address).

    • ‘Well over half a million dollars will be paid out by the capitano, or ‘manager’, of the victorious contrada, not only to his own jockey, but to the capitani of friendly contradas who helped him out in the race.’
    • ‘Il signor capitano, he's a hero, a warmonger, and he wasn't about to leave that situation unattended.’
    • ‘A capitano is elected by each district to oversee preparations.’
    • ‘At the time promotions in the Italian Army from sottotenente (second lieutenant) to capitano (captain) were by seniority.’
    • ‘And while they may believe that their fate is in God's hands, Appel suggests the outcomes have more to do with the shadowy dealings of the capitanos who pair the horses with the jockeys.’
    • ‘In 1115 Piombino submitted to the Republic of Pisa, becoming its second main port: authority was exerted by a Capitano("Captain").’
    • ‘In turn, the state, blustering about the end of civilization like the swaggering capitano of the commedia dell'arte, plays the villainous authority who thwarts the inamorati.’