- a person who commands.
- a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader.
- the commissioned officer in command of a military unit.
- U.S. Navy. an officer ranking below a captain and above a lieutenant commander.
- a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit.
- the chief officer of a commandery in the medieval orders of Knights Hospitalers, Knights Templars, and others.
- a member of one of the higher classes or ranks in certain modern fraternal orders, as in the Knights Templars.
Origin of commander
Examples from the Web for commander
Qasem Suleimani was appointed as commander of the force in 1997.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
Zaim Ali, a Peshmerga commander, said: “We have established a military plan to clear ISIS from all of areas.”Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar
December 20, 2014
This is not lost on their commander, Rama (Shani Klein), an aspiring military careerist who looks down on frivolity in wartime.‘Zero Motivation’: the Funny Side of the IDF
December 8, 2014
He was the commander of the ship when it crashed and he admits his decision to take the ship off course.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
At a conference in London the following week, a senior retired U.S. Air Force commander pooh-poohed counterstealth efforts.How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets
December 2, 2014
Six months more passed, and still no tidings of the ship or its commander.Brave and Bold
He looked more like a clerk from a grocery store than the commander of an army.
Yates bade good-by to the commander, and walked with his friend out of the camp.
He was in the fight, and boarded with Decatur, but did not save his commander's life.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The commander still sat on his saddle under the beech-tree where I had left him.In the Valley
- an officer in command of a military formation or operation
- a naval commissioned rank junior to captain but senior to lieutenant commander
- the second in command of larger British warships
- someone who holds authority
- a high-ranking member of some knightly or fraternal orders
- an officer responsible for a district of the Metropolitan Police in London
- history the administrator of a house, priory, or landed estate of a medieval religious order
Word Origin and History for commander
early 14c., comandur, from Old French comandeor, from comander (see command (v.)). Commander in chief attested from 1650s.