the rank, position, or status of a colonel.
Also, colonelship.

1790–1800; colonel + -cy Unabridged
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colonel (ˈkɜːnəl)
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]

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Example sentences
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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