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



BrE BrE//ˈkɒməndænt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːməndænt//
The army
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the officer in charge of a particular military group or institution the commandant of a prisoner of war camp Commandant Macdonald See related entries: The army Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French commandant, or Italian or Spanish commandante, all from late Latin commandare ‘to command’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare ‘commit, command’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: commandant