[kuh-man-der, -mahn-]
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.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French comandere, equivalent to comand(er) to command + -ere < Latin -ātōr- -ator

commandership, noun
subcommander, noun
subcommandership, noun
undercommander, noun Unabridged
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commander (kəˈmɑːndə)
1.  an officer in command of a military formation or operation
2.  a naval commissioned rank junior to captain but senior to lieutenant commander
3.  the second in command of larger British warships
4.  someone who holds authority
5.  a high-ranking member of some knightly or fraternal orders
6.  an officer responsible for a district of the Metropolitan Police in London
7.  history the administrator of a house, priory, or landed estate of a medieval religious order

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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
The exception is one soldier, who stands next to the unit commander to provide
  counter-sniper fire.
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