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commanding officer

Army. a commander of any rank from second lieutenant to colonel.
Origin of commanding officer
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Never did a commanding officer have less trouble—the conduct of everybody was so good.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • This was doubtless true, he being its first commanding officer.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • Ike stopped upon the opposite side, in front of the quarters of the commanding officer.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • All this the gunner reported at once to his commanding officer.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • The taller of these was easily identified as the commanding officer of the troop.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for commanding officer

commanding officer

an officer in command of a military unit
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