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colonel

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noun col·o·nel \ˈkər-nəl\

Simple Definition of colonel

  • : an officer of high rank in the army, air force, or marines : a military officer who ranks above a major

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of colonel

  1. 1 a :  a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general b :  lieutenant colonel

  2. 2 :  a minor titular official of a state especially in southern or midland United States —used as an honorific title

colonelcy play \-nəl-sē\ noun

Examples of colonel in a sentence

  1. He retired as a colonel in the air force.



Origin of colonel

alteration of coronel, from Middle French, modification of Old Italian colonnello column of soldiers, colonel, diminutive of colonna column, from Latin columna


First Known Use: 1567

Rhymes with colonel


COLONEL Defined for Kids

colonel

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noun col·o·nel \ˈkər-nəl\

Definition of colonel for Students

  1. :  a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a major and below a general





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