- Navy. a grade of flag officer next in rank below a rear admiral.
- British Navy. an officer in temporary command of a squadron, sometimes over a captain on the same ship.
- Navy. the senior captain when two or more ships of war are cruising in company.
- (in the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine) the officer in command of a convoy.
- the senior captain of a line of merchant vessels.
- the president or head of a yacht club or boat club.
Origin of commodore
Examples from the Web for commodore
A motley crew of former sailors led by Commodore Joshua Barney mounted the only real resistance to the British.The Presidential Hopeful Obsessed With the War of 1812
September 9, 2014
Examine photographs of Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, and Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
He joined the local Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club there and by 1977 had reached the membership rank of commodore.The Billionaire and the Fugitive
Meir Doron, Joseph Gelman
July 23, 2011
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard—“the Commodore”—had a passion for all things naval.Is Scientology's Wall Cracking?
June 28, 2009
Towards evening, all the light craft were doing the same, to close with the commodore.
I ought to mention the kindness of the commodore to the poor of York.
She ought to have been near the commodore, but could not get there.
The commodore commended us, and called out, "that is quick work, my lads!"
The present Commodore Kearny commanded this ship, and he took us down to the Rock.
- British a naval rank junior to rear admiral and senior to captain
- the senior captain of a shipping line
- the officer in command of a convoy of merchant ships
- the senior flag office of a yacht or boat club
Word Origin and History for commodore
1690s, probably via Dutch kommandeur from French commandeur, from Old French comandeor (see commander). In U.S. Navy, above a captain, below a rear-admiral.