Examples of colonel in a Sentence
He retired as a colonel in the air force.
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Ultimately the Chandlers sold the company to out-of-state owners — including one as blustery and self-righteous as the colonel himself who promptly led the company into bankruptcy.
His father retired as a colonel in the Air Force and the director of logistics for the Third Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Several members of the colonel's family work for PBSO, including two of his three adult children.
Haston said the colonel who administered the oath was immediately retired at the rank of Lieutenant General.
Chavez is a former Marine colonel, oozes integrity and is a rare Republican moderate — just the type who could win in that competitive district.
Harry is not a royal colonel, and so was free to ride with Meghan. Trooping the Colour is an annual military celebration that celebrates the Queen's official birthday, June 9 – not to be confused with her actual birthday, April 21.
Peterson retired from the Air Force as a colonel after his transfer to NASA.
William and Charles are royal colonels, which is a position given by the Queen to a member of the royal family that serves as Colonel-in-Chief of a regiment in the British army or navy.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of colonel
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
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