commodore

noun com·mo·dore \ ˈkä-mə-ˌdȯr \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of commodore

1 a : a captain in the navy in command of a squadron
b : a commissioned officer in the navy formerly ranking above captain and below rear admiral and having an insignia of one star
2 : the ranking officer commanding a body of merchant ships
3 : the chief officer of a yacht club or boating association

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Origin and Etymology of commodore

probably modification of Dutch commandeur commander, from French, from Old French comandeor, from comander to command

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COMMODORE Defined for English Language Learners

commodore

noun

Definition of commodore for English Language Learners

  • : a high-ranking officer in the navy

  • : the person who is in charge of a yachting or boating club


COMMODORE Defined for Kids

commodore

noun com·mo·dore \ ˈkä-mə-ˌdȯr \

Definition of commodore for Students

: an officer of high rank in the navy


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