com·​mo·​dore | \ ˈkä-mə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce commodore (audio) \

Definition of commodore

1a : 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

Examples of commodore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yes, the commodore had begun the conquest of California . . . Rich Lowry, National Review, "Should We Give California or Texas Back?," 4 Nov. 2019 Their commodore was one of the most powerful men in colonial America. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Unpatriotic? Whistleblowers are ‘as American as apple pie’," 8 Oct. 2019 Humm, a 1983 graduate of Maine South, served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, retiring in 2017 as commodore of a submarine squadron, according to the Navy. Jennifer Johnson,, "Three more alumni chosen for Maine South High School’s Wall of Honor," 5 Sep. 2019 Jim Bates, commodore for the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific based at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Pilot missing after fighter jet crashes in Death Valley training flight," 1 Aug. 2019 Robert Breisch, ordered him to stop platoon members from reporting Mr. Gallagher to a commodore outside the SEAL team. Dave Philipps, New York Times, "Acquittal of Navy SEAL May Deter Others From Reporting Crimes, Some Officials Worry," 3 July 2019 After plans were discussed about going to the commodore, an investigation was opened and Gallagher was arrested. Author: Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, "Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force," 30 June 2019 Robert Breisch, ordered Alazzawi to intervene before the group made it to the commodore’s office, Alazzawi said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy: Witness in SEAL war crimes trial may face perjury charge," 27 June 2019 Moses, the commodore, was incensed by the results, Pucillo told investigators. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of commodore

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for commodore

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

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The first known use of commodore was in 1695

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20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Commodore.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of commodore

: a high-ranking officer in the navy
: the person who is in charge of a yachting or boating club


com·​mo·​dore | \ ˈkä-mə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce commodore (audio) \

Kids Definition of commodore

: an officer of high rank in the navy

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