com·​man·​do | \ kə-ˈman-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce commando (audio) \
plural commandos or commandoes

Definition of commando

1 South Africa
a : a military unit or command of the Boers
b : a raiding expedition
2a : a military unit trained and organized as shock troops especially for hit-and-run raids into enemy territory
b : a member of such a unit
go commando
slang : to wear no underwear

Examples of commando in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Dutch government withdrew its commando trainers. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 There could be commando raids to assassinate senior government leaders and to seize TV and radio stations. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 18 Feb. 2022 Growing up in Fort Walton Beach, Randy Svendsen was 11 or so when one special operations commando went missing, leaving behind a wife and eight children. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2022 An Ivory Coast commando watches over his comrades during counterterrorism training in mock village, Jacqueville. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 The unit included soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group and the Army’s elite commando team Delta Force, several officials said. New York Times, 13 Nov. 2021 Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead featured a lot of action as a group of former Alexandrians and Hilltoppers reunited to take out a Commonwealth commando unit. Dalton Ross,, 28 Mar. 2022 Within hours, nearly all commando and special police units had fled the city, effectively handing it over to the Taliban, according to officials and witnesses. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 French-Moroccan Abdeslam, is believed to be the only surviving member of the Islamist commando thought to have carried out the gun and bomb attacks on six restaurants and bars, the Bataclan concert hall and national soccer stadium. Reuters, CNN, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commando

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for commando

Afrikaans kommando, from Dutch commando command, from Spanish comando, from comandar to command, from Late Latin commandare

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8 May 2022

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“Commando.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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com·​man·​do | \ kə-ˈman-dō How to pronounce commando (audio) \
plural commandos or commandoes

Kids Definition of commando

1 : a unit of troops trained for making surprise raids into enemy territory
2 : a member of a commando


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