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

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Recent Examples on the Web More concerted gunfire is heard around 4:30 a.m., and there is an unconfirmed report that a police commando has been killed. Washington Post, "Thai mass shooting that killed 29 lasted 16 hours," 9 Feb. 2020 Title character, Snake Eyes is a ninja commando who dresses in all black, hides his face and doesn't speak. NBC News, "'G.I. Joe' Spinoff With Henry Golding Gets Traditional Blessing in Japan," 10 Jan. 2020 The case of the president and a commando accused of war crimes offers a lesson in how Trump presides over the armed forces three years after taking office., "He was limp and dusty from an explosion, conscious but barely. A far cry from the fierce, masked Islamic State fighters who once seized vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, the captive was a scraggly teenager in a tank top with limbs so thin that his watch slid easily off his wrist.," 2 Dec. 2019 Best for: Cubicle commandos When a workspace is already crowded with furniture, the best sit-stand option is one that converts any desk into a dual-mode station. Michael Calore, Wired, "These Standing Desks Rise Above the Competition," 21 Jan. 2020 In the days before Sadeq was scheduled to arrive, the U.S. forces at the base worked with Afghan commandos to draw up a minute-by-minute plan. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 Al-Baghdadi ran into an underground tunnel, with U.S. commandos in pursuit., "How did CIA track down al-Baghdadi? Thanks to one of his wives and a courier - The Boston Globe," 28 Oct. 2019 The commandos, who spoke fluent English, cut communication lines and replaced road signs to create confusion. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "8 things to know about The Battle of the Bulge ahead of its 75th anniversary," 16 Dec. 2019 He was arrested at night in early May leaving his Democratic Action party’s headquarters, when he was surprised by a commando unit from the feared SEBIN intelligence agency who surrounded his car. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US, Venezuela opposition majority renew support for Guaidó," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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“Commando.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of commando

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


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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