com·​man·​dant ˈkä-mən-ˌdänt How to pronounce commandant (audio)

Examples of commandant in a Sentence

the commandant of a naval district
Recent Examples on the Web Sefton insists on his innocence, however, and attempts to find the real informant while turning the tables on the camp’s officious commandant (Otto Preminger). Keith Phipps, Vulture, 26 May 2024 Bruno’s father, the Nazi commandant, feels very guilty about his son’s death—and perhaps for his broader culpability for the atrocities at Auschwitz, too. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 Loosely adapted from Martin Amis’ 2014 novel of the same name and the real history it’s based on, the gripping drama centers on the family of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, who lives an idyllic life in a villa adjacent to the death camp. Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News, 21 Mar. 2024 The difference here is that the time is 1943, and the father of Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel), commandant of the Jewish-killing machine, Auschwitz, borders the family’s sprawling estate. Randy Myers, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for commandant 

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Word History

First Known Use

1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of commandant was in 1687

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“Commandant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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com·​man·​dant ˈkäm-ən-ˌdant How to pronounce commandant (audio)
: an officer in command

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