colonelcy

[kur-nl-see]
noun
the rank, position, or status of a colonel.
Also, colonelship.


Origin:
1790–1800; colonel + -cy

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colonel (ˈkɜːnəl)
 
n
an officer of land or air forces junior to a brigadier but senior to a lieutenant colonel
 
[C16: via Old French, from Old Italian colonnello column of soldiers, from colonnacolumn]
 
'colonelcy
 
n
 
'colonelship
 
n

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Although largely self-educated, he soon proved his capacity for leadership and won a lieutenant-colonelcy in the dragoons.
He had been given an offer of a colonelcy, but he didn't want it.
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