from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A commissioned rank formerly used in the U.S. Navy that was above captain and below rear admiral. Abolished in 1899, it was restored temporarily during World War II.
- n. One who holds this rank.
- n. Used as an unofficial designation for a captain in the British Navy temporarily in command of a fleet division or squadron.
- n. The senior captain of a naval squadron or merchant fleet.
- n. The presiding officer of a yacht club.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A naval officer holding a rank between captain and rear admiral.
- n. A (temporary) commander over a collection of ships who is not an admiral.
- n. The president of a yacht club
- n. A commodore admiral
- n. A rear admiral (lower half)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer who ranks next above a captain; sometimes, by courtesy, the senior captain of a squadron. The rank of commodore corresponds with that of brigadier general in the army.
- n. A captain commanding a squadron, or a division of a fleet, or having the temporary rank of rear admiral.
- n. A title given by courtesy to the senior captain of a line of merchant vessels, and also to the chief officer of a yachting or rowing club.
- n. A familiar for the flagship, or for the principal vessel of a squadron or fleet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer in the navy next in rank below a rear-admiral and above a captain.
- n. By courtesy or by extension— The senior captain when three or more ships of war are cruising in company.
- n. The senior captain of a line of merchant vessels.
- n. The president of a yachting-club or of an organization of boat-clubs.
- n. The convoy or leading ship in a fleet of merchantmen, which carries a light in her top to conduct the other ships.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a captain and below a rear admiral; the lowest grade of admiral
Obsolete commandore, probably from Dutch komandeur, commander, from French commandeur, from Old French, from comander, to command; see command.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch kommandeur, from French commandeur, from Old French comandeor "commander". (Wiktionary)