com·​man·​dant | \ˈkä-mən-ˌdänt, -ˌdant\

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Examples of commandant in a Sentence

the commandant of a naval district

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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 Documentation was recently assembled with help from Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Mark Wilson, the commandant at the Chippewa Falls veterans' home where Bergen lives. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "WWII veteran who was POW for 14 months awarded Purple Heart at age 94," 22 June 2018 Tiongson previously served as the assistant commandant for resources and chief financial officer for the Coast Guard. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Former assistant commander takes the helm for First District Coast Guard," 4 June 2018 Only one Confederate officer was ever convicted of a war crime: Henry Wirz, commandant of the gruesome Andersonville, Ga., prisoner-of-war camp. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee’ Review: The Cost of Conciliation," 12 July 2018 Greene, later the Marine Corps commandant, wanted Marines in space by 1968. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Jim Mattis once wanted to rocket Marines into space, foreshadowing Trump's Space Force," 11 July 2018 But when the commandant’s job opened in 2015, the Marines had spent nearly two decades in a state of constant deployment. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Why the Marine Corps Ditched the Best Offense in History," 28 June 2018 In the absence of access to the outside world, their only diversions were snatches of conversation with the more sympathetic of their guards, but even these had been severely curtailed by the new commandant, Yakov Yurovsky, at the beginning of July. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Romanov Family's Final Days," 1 July 2018

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1687, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of commandant

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


com·​man·​dant | \ˈkä-mən-ˌdant, -ˌdänt\

Kids Definition of commandant

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

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