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
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Esper retired as a lieutenant colonel after 10 years of active duty, including a combat tour in Iraq during the 1990-1992 Gulf War.
Which makes watching War all the more harrowing, as Caesar and his friends are subjected to a great deal of torment in a prison camp run by Woody Harrelson’s army colonel, a cruel hardliner with a glint of zealotry in his eyes.
A car bomb followed by fierce gunfire was unleashed on a military checkpoint in northeastern Sinai Peninsula on Friday, leaving 10 Egyptian security troops including a special forces colonel dead and wounding at least 20, authorities said.
In their report, U.N. investigators described Far as a former army colonel and said that the center is used to sell migrants to other smugglers.
Cave Johnson, a Kentucky militia colonel, built a large Federal-style mansion facing the river.
Wenstrup, a colonel in the Army Reserves, is a podiatric surgeon in civilian life.
Wenstrup, an Iraq war veteran who holds the rank of colonel in the Army Reserves, became a member of Congress in 2013.
Weak, 44, is retiring as a lieutenant colonel after a 20-year military career that included stints as chief of information security for a NATO base in Germany and for multinational forces in Iraq.
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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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