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commandant

[kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt, kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt] /ˌkɒm ənˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒm ənˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt/
noun
1.
the commanding officer of a place, group, etc.:
the commandant of a naval base.
2.
the title of the senior officer and head of the U.S. Marine Corps.
3.
U.S. Army. a title generally given to the heads of military schools.
4.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < French, noun use of present participle of commander to command; see -ant
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  • The commandant's residence stands inside to the left of the entrance.
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commandant

/ˈkɒmənˌdænt; -ˌdɑːnt/
noun
1.
an officer commanding a place, group, or establishment
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Word Origin and History for commandant
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for commandant

commander of a single place or body of men, such as a military school or training unit, or of a larger organization such as a naval district in the United States. The rank of a commandant depends upon the size and importance of his command: in the British Army a colonel commandant is the senior officer of a regiment; in the French Army a commandant is the commanding officer of a battalion, a rank equivalent to major; and the commandant of the United States Marine Corps is a four-star general. Headquarters commandant denotes a staff officer in charge of the internal administration of a military headquarters, with emphasis on maintenance and security of buildings and grounds

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