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[kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt, kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt] /ˌkɒm ənˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒm ənˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt/
the commanding officer of a place, group, etc.:
the commandant of a naval base.
the title of the senior officer and head of the U.S. Marine Corps.
U.S. Army. a title generally given to the heads of military schools.
Origin of commandant
1680-90; < French, noun use of present participle of commander to command; see -ant Unabridged
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  • The commandant seemed on the verge of an explosion, but checked himself.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • If I am commandant of this force I hand over the captaincy of this company to you.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In a quarter of an hour they brought the commandant thirty yards of pipes.

  • The commandant glanced up; Grayson was still in his extreme brace.

    The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • Then at length the commandant saw, but too late, his folly: he ran into his garden, whither he was pursued and killed.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
British Dictionary definitions for commandant


/ˈkɒmənˌdænt; -ˌdɑːnt/
an officer commanding a place, group, or establishment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for commandant

1680s, from French commandant "the one commanding" originally "commanding," present participle of commander (Old French comander) "to order, enjoin;" see command (v.). Similar formation in Spanish and Italian comandante.

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