commander

noun com·mand·er \ kə-ˈman-dər \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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

commandership

play \kə-ˈman-dər-ˌship\ noun

Examples of commander in a Sentence

  1. a surrender of the fort by the commander without a single shot having been fired

  2. the intrepid commander of the HMS Surprise

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First Known Use of commander

14th century

commander Synonyms

Synonyms
captain, commandant, commanding officer, commander in chief
Related Words
commissioned officer, field officer
Near Antonyms
crew, crewman, crewmate

COMMANDER Defined for English Language Learners

commander

noun

Definition of commander for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

commander

noun com·mand·er \ kə-ˈman-dər \

Definition of commander for Students

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


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