com·​mand·​er | \ kə-ˈman-dər How to pronounce commander (audio) \

Definition of commander

1 : one in an official position of command or control: such as
b : the presiding officer of a society or organization
2 : a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a lieutenant commander and below a captain

Other Words from commander

commandership \ kə-​ˈman-​dər-​ˌship How to pronounce commander (audio) \ noun

Examples of commander in a Sentence

a surrender of the fort by the commander without a single shot having been fired the intrepid commander of the HMS Surprise
Recent Examples on the Web Police are currently searching for the occupants of that vehicle and no arrests have been made at this time, the police commander said. Amy Simonson And Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 11 May 2022 The commander of the main defending force at the plant said the Russians have broken into the mill's compound, where limited evacuations of civilians took place over the weekend before being halted. Editors, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Green, a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, served as a mission commander for counterintelligence in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 4 May 2022 Those concerns grew in Moldova after a Russian commander said that securing southern Ukraine would open the way to the Moldovan separatist region of Trans-Dniester. Jesica Fisch And Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 But a deputy commander of the last remaining forces fighting for Ukraine in Mariupol said Thursday that his troops were fighting on, even as Russian officials claimed victory. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 In a message recorded deep within a sprawling steelworks plant where Ukrainian forces and some frightened civilians are holed up, a Ukrainian commander said the defenders were outnumbered 10 to 1 by Russian attackers. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 The Air Force is also providing more mental-health services for drone crews to address the lapses of the past, said the commander of the 432nd Wing at Creech, Col. Eric Schmidt. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Shortly after getting hitched, Melvin was called to serve in the Korean War as a tank commander for eight months, forcing him and Nancy to forgo a honeymoon, according to Caters. People Staff,, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Commander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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com·​mand·​er | \ kə-ˈman-dər How to pronounce commander (audio) \

Kids Definition of commander

: a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a lieutenant and below a captain

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