Definition of colonel
colonelcyplay \ˈkər-nəl-sē\ noun
Examples of colonel in a Sentence
He retired as a colonel in the air force.
Recent Examples of colonel from the Web
Gennady Gudkov, a reserve colonel in the FSB who is now a leader of a small opposition party, said that Russian business leaders are looking for ways to lobby for the softening of sanctions.
Nicholls State track & field and cross country head coach Heather Van Norman has resigned, according to a statement from Colonels director of athletics Matt Roan Thursday afternoon.
A U.S. Army Reserve colonel faces charges of child abuse in North Carolina.
Ligon spent 36 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard, obtaining the rank of colonel.
Otter appointed him director with the rank of colonel in March 2013 when Col.
Valdez says in the video while taking his oath as the new colonel.
The resulting political crisis and nearly two years of unstable government helped prompt a group of army colonels to stage a coup in 1967, beginning a seven-year dictatorship.
Anne Sullivan hadn't planned on a 32-year career in the U.S. Army that would leave her with the rank of colonel.
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Did You Know?
English colonel is pronounced the same as kernel. This seems odd, but there is an explanation. In many languages when a word contains two identical or similar sounds, one of these sounds will often change over a period of time. This kind of change is called dissimilation. So when the Italian word colonello was taken into French, it became coronel; and the word was borrowed by the English from the French in this form. Later the spelling colonel came to be used in order to reflect the Italian origin of the word. But by then the pronunciation with r was well established.
COLONEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of colonel for English Language Learners
: an officer of high rank in the army, air force, or marines : a military officer who ranks above a major
COLONEL Defined for Kids
Definition of colonel for Students
: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a major and below a general
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