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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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 Alongside Esper in July, Gen. Tod Wolters, the commander of EUCOM, explained a new European strategy that called for more U.S. troops to rotate on NATO's eastern flank. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Militarization of Crimea heightens threat to NATO’s southeastern flank," 11 Feb. 2021 Vincent Gonsior, commander of the deploying troops, said in a statement. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "St. Cloud-based Guard unit heading to Kuwait for 'All Night Long' mission," 7 Feb. 2021 The commander of the space station trip will be an Axiom vice president, Michael López-Alegría, who is a former NASA astronaut. New York Times, "To Get on This SpaceX Flight, You Don’t Have to Be Rich, Just Lucky," 1 Feb. 2021 Redstone Arsenal is a 38,000-acre base led by four-star Gen. Edward Daly, commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. Lee Roop |, al, "Air Force says facts, not politics favored Alabama in Space Command HQ decision," 24 Jan. 2021 Stephen White, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, said in a statement. Anchorage Daily News, "Coast Guard seeks information after laser pointer targets boat crew near Ketchikan," 23 Jan. 2021 Frank Young, most recently the commander of the NOPD’s 5th District encompassing the 9th Ward and surrounding areas, will now head the Criminal Investigation Division. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "NOPD captain retires after 47 years on the force, prompting changes among agency brass," 22 Jan. 2021 One area hospital converted administrative offices and break rooms into treatment areas for their coronavirus patients, said Col. Julie Balten, commander of the Los Angeles District for the Corps of Engineers. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "For more than a month, US hospitals have had more than 100,000 coronavirus patients every day," 3 Jan. 2021 Iqbali said that Mohammad Tareq, the garrison commander of the army brigade in Balkh was the apparent target, who was killed in the attack. NBC News, "Multiple explosions target police in Kabul leaving at least 4 dead," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of commander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of commander was in the 14th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Commander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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