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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Recent Examples on the Web An avid boater, Mr. Kibbe joined the Baltimore Yacht Club in 1964 and was named its commodore in 1971. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Eugene L. ‘Gene’ Kibbe Jr., former Baltimore County councilman, dies," 13 Nov. 2020 Steven DeMoss, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 15, said in a statement. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Almost 40 Chinese warplanes breach Taiwan Strait median line; Taiwan President calls it a 'threat of force'," 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, "Boaters push to lift COVID-19 restriction on who can come aboard," 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., "Navy hospital ship reaches New York. But it’s not made to contain coronavirus.," 30 Mar. 2020 Joseph O’Brien, commodore of Task Force New York City, said in an interview from the Comfort on Sunday. New York Times, "U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Comfort Ship Arrives in New York City," 24 Mar. 2020 At the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee, the bar on Saturday was fairly full, with folks watching the storm rage out on the lake, said Peter Engel, commodore of the club. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend storm brings 'catastrophic' damage to areas along Lake Michigan shoreline," 13 Jan. 2020 The biggest thing a commodore does is conduct a series of inspections before the ships deploy …. Jennifer Johnson,, "Shout Out: Brian Humm, retired Navy officer and Maine South Wall of Honor inductee," 24 Oct. 2019 Yes, the commodore had begun the conquest of California . . . Rich Lowry, National Review, "Should We Give California or Texas Back?," 4 Nov. 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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25 Nov 2020

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“Commodore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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