Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The commanding officer of a military organization.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A commander; especially, a commanding officer of a fortified town or garrison.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A commander; the commanding officer of a place, or of a body of men.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A commanding officer, usually of a specific force or division.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an officer in command of a military unit

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from present participle of commander, to command, from Old French comander; see command.]

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From French commandant or Italian and Spanish comandante.

Examples

  • Obviously the commandant is concerned with the good of the service.

    Think Progress » DOJ Cites Powell’s Past Support For DADT To Defend The Policy In Court

  • The French term commandant answers to an English major, and he will therefore in future be termed Major Tempe.

    The Young Franc Tireurs And Their Adventures in the Franco-Prussian War

  • Gary DuMornay, the principal of Kappa 6 - who is known as the "commandant" at this military-style middle school - said that the grant money would mainly be used to improve the students' reading ability.

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  • Gary DuMornay, the principal of Kappa 6 - who is known as the "commandant" at this military-style middle school - said that the grant money would mainly be used to improve the students' reading ability.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Within the wide area of responsibility (termed the commandant's area), the OPFOR creates specific sectors extending 100 km along a march route, with several traffic control posts deployed at the aforementioned critical locations.

    FM 100-61 Chptr 3 Strategic and Operational March

  • Within the wide area of responsibility (termed the commandant's area), the OPFOR creates specific sectors extending 100 km along a march route, with several traffic control posts deployed at the aforementioned critical locations.

    FM 100-61 Chptr 3 Strategic and Operational March

  • He was twenty-one then, already known as commandant material with a great career ahead of him, marriage ahead, a year or so ahead …

    Noble House

  • He was twenty-one then, already known as commandant material with a great career ahead of him, marriage ahead, a year or so ahead ...

    Noble House

  • The commandant was a man of medium size, fairly handsome in person and features, and apparently about twenty-eight years of age.

    The Brigade Commander

  • The commandant was a tall, doddery, antediluvian Prussian colonel, with long grey moustaches, the very image of the Monkey Brand advertisement, only perhaps not quite so good looking.

    'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany

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