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[kuh-man-der, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn dər, -ˈmɑn-/
a person who commands.
a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader.
the commissioned officer in command of a military unit.
U.S. Navy. an officer ranking below a captain and above a lieutenant commander.
a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit.
the chief officer of a commandery in the medieval orders of Knights Hospitalers, Knights Templars, and others.
a member of one of the higher classes or ranks in certain modern fraternal orders, as in the Knights Templars.
Origin of commander
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French comandere, equivalent to comand(er) to command + -ere < Latin -ātōr- -ator
Related forms
commandership, noun
subcommander, noun
subcommandership, noun
undercommander, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for commander
  • Finally, in this case it was a reporter that was asking questions, not a military commander.
  • Recently, the commander's post has been a stepping stone to some of the top jobs in the whole of the military.
  • Every few months, a commander would report to him about each soldier's actual performance.
  • The exception is one soldier, who stands next to the unit commander to provide counter-sniper fire.
  • When something occurs that requires the commander's attention or a decision, options are immediately available.
  • Then blast off into a job interview with the commander.
  • The commander in chief's mood was as bleak as the landscape.
  • Both newspapers and the general public were worried they had once again elected a weak, indecisive commander-in-chief.
  • It is his duty to conduct the war in a manner consistent with being the commander in chief: win it, or stop it.
  • The master of a secret society is royal supreme knight commander.
British Dictionary definitions for commander


an officer in command of a military formation or operation
a naval commissioned rank junior to captain but senior to lieutenant commander
the second in command of larger British warships
someone who holds authority
a high-ranking member of some knightly or fraternal orders
an officer responsible for a district of the Metropolitan Police in London
(history) the administrator of a house, priory, or landed estate of a medieval religious order
Derived Forms
commandership, noun
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Word Origin and History for commander

early 14c., comandur, from Old French comandeor, from comander (see command (v.)). Commander in chief attested from 1650s.

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