commandant

noun
com·​man·​dant | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌdänt How to pronounce commandant (audio) , -ˌdant\

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Examples of commandant in a Sentence

the commandant of a naval district

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The British police commandant considered disarming them, the Shaw Commission reported, but accepted assurances that the weapons were defensive. Douglas J. Feith, National Review, "The Hebron Riots of 1929: Consequences and Lessons," 27 Aug. 2019 Also on Thursday, Gen. David Berger is scheduled to take over as commandant of the Marine Corps, succeeding Gen. Robert Neller. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Admiral picked to lead Navy is retiring; bad judgment cited," 8 July 2019 Also on Thursday, Gen. David Berger is scheduled to take over as commandant of the Marine Corps, succeeding Gen. Robert Neller. Robert Burns, BostonGlobe.com, "Admiral to lead Navy instead will retire; bad judgment cited," 8 July 2019 Beele said the foundation for the idea started nearly 30 years ago, when, as a commandant of a Marine Corps League in the southern suburbs of Chicago, five members of his detachment were veterans of Iwo Jima. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "National effort to gather signatures of WWII veterans who fought at Iwo Jima now includes a Lincolnwood resident," 25 June 2019 Jim Mattis did not serve as Marine Corps commandant. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 18 Jan. 2019 All 10 existing commandant commanders report to the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Trump Directs Pentagon to Set Up a Space Command," 18 Dec. 2018 When the study was shifted to the war college, plans for a foreword by the Army leadership were dropped in favor of one by the war-college commandant. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "The Army Stymied Its Own Study of the Iraq War," 22 Oct. 2018 Wallace writes, the commandant of the prison offered to let McCain, the son of a top-ranking US naval officer, go. Caroline Houck, Vox, "Who was John McCain? The best answer is in this 18-year-old David Foster Wallace essay," 26 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of commandant

1687, in the meaning defined above

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commandant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commandant

: an officer who is in charge of a group of soldiers in the military

commandant

noun
com·​man·​dant | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌdant How to pronounce commandant (audio) , -ˌdänt\

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: an officer who is in charge of a group of soldiers

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