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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Government officials said Sunday that Taliban fighters had been driven out of Kunduz by commandos and airstrikes, with many militants moving south to attack Pul-i-Kumri. David Zucchino,, "Taliban attack 2d Afghan city in 2 days as peace deal nears," 1 Sep. 2019 According to the Ministry of Defense’s own combat reports, roughly seven times as many offensive operations have been carried out by commandos as by regular security forces. New York Times, "As U.S. Nears a Pullout Deal, Afghan Army Is on the Defensive," 12 Aug. 2019 Radio recordings capture the moment the Stena Impero was apparently forced into Iranian territorial waters by commandos despite warnings from a nearby British warship. Imtiaz Tyab, CBS News, "Trump doesn't rule out talks with Iran amid increasing tensions," 22 July 2019 His grandfather was killed by Israeli commandos 16 years before he was born. Fox News, "Indicted California incumbent steps up attacks on Democrat," 16 Oct. 2018 The unit’s members feel like commandos who have been given a momentous mission (taking Britain through Brexit) and have survived a hazing by a tough sergeant (Dominic Cummings). The Economist, "The Downing Street Policy Unit, Boris Johnson’s brain," 22 Aug. 2019 Two French commandos killed during the mission were given solemn services in the heart of Paris. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Benin Awakens to the Threat of Terrorism After Safari Ends in a Nightmare," 20 Aug. 2019 In 1989, Israeli commandos abducted a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim cleric, Sheik Abdul-Karim Obeid, from his home in south Lebanon., "This day in history," 28 July 2019 The courses have encompassed a number of phases and have run from about nine weeks to a year or two for the most elite commando jobs. Fox News, "Military studying 'hyperfit' women who pass its toughest physical, mental courses," 22 July 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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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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