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Webster 1913 Edition


Colonel

Colo′nel

,
Noun.
[F.
colonel
, It.
colonello
, prop., the chief or commander of a column, fr.
colonna
column, L.
columna
. See
Column
.]
(Mil.)
The chief officer of a regiment; an officer ranking next above a lieutenant colonel and next below a brigadier general.

Webster 1828 Edition


Colonel

COLONEL

,
Noun.
The chief commander of a regiment of troops, whether infantry or cavalry. He ranks next below a brigadier-general. In England, colonel-lieutenant is the commander of a regiment of guards, of which the king, prince or other person of eminence is colonel. Lieutenant-colonel is the second officer in a regiment, and commands it in the absence of the colonel.

Definition 2022


colonel

colonel

English

Alternative forms

  • coronel (obsolete)
  • COL. (abbreviation)
  • Col. (abbreviation)

Noun

colonel (plural colonels)

  1. A commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps. In U.S. military, it ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general.

Usage notes

  • When used as a title, it is always capitalized.

Related terms

Translations


French

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle French coronel, from Old Italian; see colonel.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɔ.lɔ.nɛl/

Noun

colonel m (plural colonels)

  1. colonel
  2. An ice cream dessert consisting of lemon sherbet and vodka.

Romanian

Etymology 1

Borrowing from French colonel, from Middle French coronel, which see.

Noun

colonel m (plural colonei)

  1. colonel (military officer above lieutenant-colonel and below general-major)

Declension

Etymology 2

Borrowing from German Kolonel.

Noun

colonel n (uncountable)

  1. A letter in a type of font.

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