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



BrE BrE//kəˈmɑːndəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmændoʊ//
(pl. commandos) The army
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  • a soldier or a group of soldiers who are trained to make quick attacks in enemy areas a commando raid on the north of the island See related entries: The army
  • Word Originlate 18th cent. (denoting a militia, originally consisting of Boers in South Africa): from Portuguese (earlier form of comando), from commandar ‘to command’, from late Latin commandare from com- (expressing intensive force) + mandare ‘commit, command’.Idioms (informal, humorous) to not wear underwear under your clothes
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: commando