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

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Other Words from commander

commandership \ kə-​ˈman-​dər-​ˌship How to pronounce commandership (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

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On Monday, the city of North Bay Village released video showing the commander of the city's hurricane emergency response team bringing beer into City Hall on the eve of Hurricane Irma's landfall last September. Sarah Blaskey, miamiherald, "The lieutenant brought the beer. Then he covered the camera with a red party cup.," 9 July 2018 Rolando Silva, commander of PBSO’s District 8 in Wellington. Austen Erblat,, "Wellington to consider automated license plate reader cameras at July 10 meeting," 9 July 2018 Peter Garver, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Girl who cried 'dada' reminder of sacrifice at ceremony for 400 soldiers deploying to Kuwait," 7 July 2018 For more info: ALMANAC: Gen. Douglas MacArthur On July 8, 1950, President Truman named General Douglas MacArthur the commander of U.S. and other forces in Korea. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 8)," 6 July 2018 Schatz said lawmakers discussed the radar with the previous commander of US forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, who recently retired and has been nominated to be the US ambassador to South Korea. Audrey Mcavoy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Despite deal with North Korea, US prepares missile defense system," 27 June 2018 Its members will be Navy Rear Adm. Yancey B. Lindsey, commander of Navy Region Southwest; Geoff Patnoe, director of strategy at the County of San Diego; and Tina White, city manager of Poway. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Visconti to lead NSD Business Chamber board," 22 June 2018 Josh Barker, commander of the North District, said the program turned out to be a lifesaver recently for a teen and his mom, who had moved to Indianapolis from Evansville. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Mobile food pantry aims to feed up to 70,000 in Indianapolis," 5 June 2018 Todd Kozaryn, commander of the police department's traffic division. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Bristol Marks Memorial Day With Two Parades," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of commander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of commander

: a person who is in charge of a group of people
: an officer of high rank in the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, or the British Royal Navy


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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