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
Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the world served up white supremacist rallies, police shootings, children in cages at the U.S. border, debates about Robert E. Lee, and a commander-in-chief who traffics in dangerous and racist rhetoric. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Marking four years of this race beat journey," 15 May 2020 The post is still doing funeral honor guard salutes at this time, said John Arnold, the post's commander, in an email. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus forces Milwaukee-area Memorial Day parades and ceremonies to cancel or make adjustments," 13 May 2020 Bilateral Ties Xi is also set to meet Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, which the UN says is responsible for the atrocities. Philip Heijmans,, "Xi Courts an Isolated Myanmar in First State Visit of the Year," 8 May 2020 Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, has argued in West Wing discussions that there is a time to focus on China, but that for now, the president should embrace commander-in-chief moments amid the crisis. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump, Head of Government, Leans Into Antigovernment Message," 20 Apr. 2020 Barack Obama took a not-so-subtle jab at Donald Trump on Tuesday for the current commander-in-chief’s handling of the escalating coronavirus crisis. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Barack Obama Takes Not-So-Subtle Jab At Trump Over Handling Of Coronavirus Crisis," 1 Apr. 2020 Trump's visit to Georgia brought the commander-in-chief up close and personal with dicey GOP senate primary politics. Fox News, "Trump wants cruise ship passengers to stay at sea, but leaves decision up to Pence," 6 Mar. 2020 The reports about the certainty of Trump’s trip were muddled Friday morning when the commander-in-chief’s official calendar looked to be without an Atlanta pit stop. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Atlanta responds with mostly gripes to Trump’s late Friday visit to CDC," 6 Mar. 2020 Donald Trump may change that in May. News broke this week that the commander-in-chief will be attending NASCAR's largest event, the Daytona 500, on Sunday. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Will Donald Trump come to the 2020 Kentucky Derby? These other stops make it look possible," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of commander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 May 2020

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“Commander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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