commander

noun
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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When its North American commander asked London for 950 horses, more than 400 died en route and others, weakened by the voyage, died on shore. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: A nation not made by flimsy people," 7 June 2019 When its North American commander asked London for 950 horses, more than 400 died en route and others, weakened by the voyage, died on shore. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "Will: When war was the answer," 5 June 2019 An incident commander is on hand — standard procedure for special events, emergency situations or other unusual circumstances such as a government shutdown. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Bald-eagle watching canceled, TSA employees at Sea-Tac Airport working on delayed pay. Federal government closure hits Washington," 24 Dec. 2018 An incident commander with BCFS, the nonprofit disaster relief company running the tent complex, said because the facility isn’t permanent or licensed by the state of Texas, classroom time wasn’t mandated. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Inside the Texas Tent City Housing More Than 1,000 Migrant Teens," 12 Oct. 2018 So where does this leave our Captain-Queeg-commander-in-chief, surrounded by assassins, with the mole who ratted to The New York Times in that anonymous op-ed still on the loose? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: The Sound of Broomsticks Breaking," 16 Sep. 2018 Strikingly, one of them is a commander with the Libyan Coast Guard, whose efforts to stem the flow of migrants are supported in part by funding from the European Union. Nima Elbagir And Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "US sanctions Libyan smugglers after CNN investigation," 11 June 2018 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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington to consider automated license plate reader cameras at July 10 meeting," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of commander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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commander

noun

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

commander

noun
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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