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



    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːndə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændər//
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  1. 1a person who is in charge of something, especially an officer in charge of a particular group of soldiers or a military operation military/allied/field/flight commanders the commander of the expedition General Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander in Western Europe. the commander of US forces in Iraq See related entries: The army, The navy
  2. 2 (abbreviation Cdr) an officer of fairly high rank in the British or American navy See related entries: The army, The navy
  3. 3(abbreviation Cdr) (in Britain) a London police officer of high rank See related entries: The police
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French comandeor, from late Latin commandare ‘to command’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare ‘commit, command’.
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