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

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Connolly, 44, has been sailing for years and is past commodore of the Port Huron Yacht Club. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How 5 Port Huron-to-Mackinac racers feed sailboat crews," 13 July 2018 Trophy presentation is on Sunday at the Coral Hotel beginning at 2 p.m. Special thanks to this year's NOSA commodore, Daniel Hodge, Bill McNamara and others on the Race Committee. Michael Lawler,, "Newport to Ensenada is about boats, crew, course and those after-race margaritas," 24 Apr. 2018 An election for commodore hadn’t been contested in more than 20 years, notes The Chronicle’s Carl Nolte, man about the Bay Area. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Strife in the gym over what to watch on TV," 12 Dec. 2017 Horn was a member and former commodore of the Mount Dora Yacht Club, and the Mount Dora Kiwanis Club, and also served in the military (U.S. Navy).Mr. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/3," 3 Nov. 2017 Garner, the Fairhope Yacht Club’s former commodore, was dismissive of the Coast Guard’s investigation. Brian Schutmaat, Smithsonian, "Racing the Storm: The Story of the Mobile Bay Sailing Disaster," 25 Apr. 2015 Bill Ellis, the commodore of Task Force 67, the U.S. sub-hunting planes in Europe. Julian E. Barnes, WSJ, "A Russian Ghost Submarine, its U.S. Pursuers and a Deadly New Cold War," 20 Oct. 2017 The first member of the Levy family to own Monticello was Uriah Phillips Levy, a decorated naval officer who served as the first Jewish commodore of the U.S. Navy. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Neo-Nazis rallied around Jefferson’s statue. But it was a Jewish family that saved Monticello.," 23 Aug. 2017 On this week's On the Radar, meteorologist Kelly Reardon talks to the North Coast Women's Sailing Association commodore, Shauna Welch, to learn about the challenges facing Northeast Ohio sailors. Emily Bamforth & Kelly Reardon,, "How does Cleveland's weather affect sailing? On the Radar with Kelly Reardon," 18 July 2017

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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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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


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Kids Definition of commodore

: an officer of high rank in the navy

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