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 It was commissioned in 1833 by Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the United States Navy, to commemorate Jefferson’s advocacy of religious freedom in the armed forces. New York Times, 18 Oct. 2021 Bruce Robert William Kirby was born on Jan. 2, 1929, in Ottawa into a nautical family with membership in the Brittania Boating Club in Ottawa (a grandfather was a club commodore). New York Times, 23 July 2021 Stewart Bateshansky, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 3, said in a statement. Brad Lendon, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 Sandy Purdon, commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club in 1991, recalls being invited with his wife (and a security guard) by the House of Garrard jewelers to escort the trophy to London that year. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 An avid boater, Mr. Kibbe joined the Baltimore Yacht Club in 1964 and was named its commodore in 1971. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 13 Nov. 2020 Steven DeMoss, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 15, said in a statement. Brad Lendon, CNN, 21 Sep. 2020 Bill Edwards, rear commodore of the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs, was among several boaters who brought up the issue at the Aug. 4 county Board of Supervisors meeting. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2020 That has meant almost sequestering the ship’s crew of 1,200 for the past two weeks to lessen their chances of contracting the virus, Captain Joseph O’Brien, commodore of Task Force New York City, said., 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Commodore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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

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: an officer of high rank in the navy


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