a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader.
the commissioned officer in command
of a military unit.
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: 1250–1300; Middle English Related forms
< Old French comandere,
equivalent to comand
) to command
< Latin -ātōr- -ator