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Webster 1913 Edition


Commander

Com-mand′er

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
commandeur
. Cf.
Commodore
,
Commender
.]
1.
A chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it.
A leader and
commander
to the people.
Is. lv. 4.
2.
(Navy)
An officer who ranks next below a captain, – ranking with a lieutenant colonel in the army.
3.
The chief officer of a commandery.
4.
A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc.
Syn. – See
Chief
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Commander

COMMANDER

,
Noun.
1.
A chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it. The term may also be applied to the admiral of a fleet, or of a squadron, or to any supreme officer; as the commander of the land or of the naval force; the commander of a ship.
2.
One on whom is bestowed a benefice or commandry.
3.
A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, &c.
4.
An instrument of surgery.

Definition 2022


commander

commander

English

Noun

commander (plural commanders)

  1. One who exercises control and direction of a military or naval organization.
  2. A naval officer whose rank is above that of a lieutenant commander and below that of captain.
  3. One who exercises control and direction over a group of persons.
  4. A designation or rank in certain non-military organizations such as NASA and various police forces.
  5. (obsolete) The chief officer of a commandry.
  6. A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc.
  7. A rank within an honorary order: e.g. Commander of the Legion of Honour.

Translations


French

Etymology

From Old French comander, from Vulgar Latin *commandāre, from Latin commendare (com- + mandare).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɔ.mã.de/

Verb

commander

  1. to order (tell someone to do something)
  2. to order (ask for a product)

Conjugation

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