commando

noun com·man·do \ kə-ˈman-(ˌ)dō \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of commando

plural commandos or commandoes
1 South Africa
a :a military unit or command of the Boers
b :a raiding expedition
2 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of commando

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


COMMANDO Defined for English Language Learners

commando

noun

Definition of commando for English Language Learners

  • : a soldier who is trained to carry out surprise attacks on an enemy


COMMANDO Defined for Kids

commando

noun com·man·do \ kə-ˈman-dō \

Definition of commando for Students

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

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