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

 

commander-in-chief

 noun
noun
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(abbreviation C.-in-C.)(pl. commanders-in-chief) The army
 
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the officer who commands all the armed forces of a country or all its forces in a particular area commander-in-chief of the armed forces See related entries: The army
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