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commodore

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noun com·mo·dore \ˈkä-mə-ˌdȯr\

Simple Definition of commodore

  • : a high-ranking officer in the navy

  • : the person who is in charge of a yachting or boating club

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of commodore

  1. 1 a :  a captain in the navy in command of a squadron b :  a commissioned officer in the navy formerly ranking above captain and below rear admiral and having an insignia of one star

  2. 2 :  the ranking officer commanding a body of merchant ships

  3. 3 :  the chief officer of a yacht club or boating association

Origin of commodore

probably modification of Dutch commandeur commander, from French, from Old French comandeor, from comander to command


First Known Use: 1695

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COMMODORE Defined for Kids

commodore

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noun com·mo·dore \ˈkä-mə-ˌdȯr\

Definition of commodore for Students

  1. :  an officer of high rank in the navy





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