Definition of colonel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɜːnl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrnl//
(abbreviation Col.) The army, The air force
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an officer of high rank in the army, the marines, or the US air force Colonel Jim Edge See related entries: The army, The air force Word Originmid 16th cent.: from obsolete French coronel (earlier form of colonel), from Italian colonnello ‘column of soldiers’, from colonna ‘column’, from Latin columna. The form coronel, source of the modern pronunciation, was usual until the mid 17th cent.
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