noun com·mand·er \kə-ˈman-dər\

: a person who is in charge of a group of people

: an officer of high rank in the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, or the British Royal Navy

Full Definition of COMMANDER

:  one in an official position of command or control: as
a :  commanding officer
b :  the presiding officer of a society or organization
:  a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a lieutenant commander and below a captain
com·mand·er·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of COMMANDER

  1. <a surrender of the fort by the commander without a single shot having been fired>
  2. <the intrepid commander of the HMS Surprise>

First Known Use of COMMANDER

14th century

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