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[kom-uh-dawr, -dohr] /ˈkɒm əˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr/
Navy. a grade of flag officer next in rank below a rear admiral.
British Navy. an officer in temporary command of a squadron, sometimes over a captain on the same ship.
Navy. the senior captain when two or more ships of war are cruising in company.
(in the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine) the officer in command of a convoy.
the senior captain of a line of merchant vessels.
the president or head of a yacht club or boat club.
Origin of commodore
1685-95; earlier commandore, perhaps < Dutch komandeur < French commandeur commander Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "We will catch her there," said commodore Schley, confidently.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
  • The commodore commended us, and called out, "that is quick work, my lads!"

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • His ability and trustworthiness for the action received the highest recommendation from the commodore.

  • I ought to mention the kindness of the commodore to the poor of York.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I then agreed to come with commodore Barney in a vessel he had engaged.

  • I suppose the English kept off, too, at the same time, as the commodore had expected.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for commodore


(Brit) a naval rank junior to rear admiral and senior to captain
the senior captain of a shipping line
the officer in command of a convoy of merchant ships
the senior flag office of a yacht or boat club
Word Origin
C17: probably from Dutch commandeur, from French, from Old French commander to command
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Word Origin and History for commodore

1690s, probably via Dutch kommandeur from French commandeur, from Old French comandeor (see commander). In U.S. Navy, above a captain, below a rear-admiral.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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