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

Example Sentences

the commandant of a naval district
Recent Examples on the Web The main German characters were bumbling camp commandant Colonel Klink, played by Werner Klemperer, and pliant guard Sergeant Schultz, played by John Banner. Reuters, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 The system also enabled the commandant to relay messages from his desk to the entire camp. Simon Parkin, Time, 2 Nov. 2022 When Amon Göth, a concentration camp commandant who had a reputation for killing Jewish prisoners daily, came to inspect the factory camp, an internee was tardy in returning to his barracks from the latrine. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 3 Nov. 2022 Mike Downes served as the First Company’s commandant from 2008 to 2012, after joining in 2002. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 8 Oct. 2022 Mason has removed and replaced the academy commandant and executive officer responsible for oversight of the academy’s day-to-day operations. Martin Finucane,, 28 July 2022 Currently owned by the Bavarian state police, the commandant’s office building is scheduled to become part of the Dachau memorial as early as 2025. Carrie Hagen, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 The museum website calls on supporters to appeal to their congressional delegations and the commandant of the Marine Corps to save the museum, which has been open for 21 years. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 15 Mar. 2021 Fagan is the 27th commandant of the service, dating back to the 1915 establishment of the Coast Guard, which merged the Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Life-Saving Service. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 1 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1687, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commandant was in 1687

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“Commandant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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

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