American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The supreme commander of all the armed forces of a nation.
- n. The officer commanding a major armed force.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The commander of all the armies of a state or nation; the chief military commander. In Great Britain, the highest start-officer of the army.
- n. In the navy, a flag-officer commanding an independent fleet or squadron.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the military title of the officer who has supreme command of the land or naval forces or the united forces of a nation or state; a generalissimo. .
- n. the officer who holds the supreme command
“Had it arrived in La Catelet a half hour earlier, it might have scored an even greater coup by nabbing Marshal Pétain and the commander in chief of the 9th Army, General Corap.”
“The commander in chief west's daily report from 8 January 1945 stated, "Following initial success our attack east of Bas-togne failed to progress any farther.”
“Just then the division commander arrived, followed soon after by General Eberbach, commander in chief of the 5th Panzer Army.”
“Hoth, commander in chief of the 4th Panzer Army, had more than”
“Meanwhile, on August 14, the Virginia Assembly had appointed Washington its commander in chief of militia, and in that capacity he undertook the almost impossible task of defending a 350-mile-long frontier.”
“Lindemann, commander in chief of the 18th Army, recognized the significance of this Russian penetration.”
“After several minutes he gave up looking for his own men and concentrated on looking for the whereabouts of the commander in chief of the American army.”
“His progress, however, was slower than Washington had anticipated, and on July 29 the commander in chief wrote to him, I cannot but repeat my entreaties that you will hasten your operations with all possible dispatch; and that you will disencumber yourself of every article of baggage and stores which is not necessary. . .”
“He had fought with Wolfe in the decisive battle for Québec, where directly after the war, in 1760, he had been made military governor; in 1761, he had been promoted to major general; two years later he succeeded Jeffrey Amherst as commander in chief of the British forces in America.”
“Washington greeted them with a “cheerful and hearty Welcome,” and invited them to attend his levee, a daily gathering where the commander in chief entertained anyone seeking an audience—“All the General Officers of the American and French Armies,” Morris recorded in his diary, “The Commanders of Regiments, Heads of Departments, and such Strangers as Visit Camp.””
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