Origin of colonel
Examples from the Web for colonel
Those who spoke out against it included a fellow Air Force colonel, Lindsay Graham, who also happens to be a U.S. senator.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A judge there would have wide latitude in sentencing and could send the colonel to prison.
An Army National Guard colonel charged with knowingly exposing a woman to HIV faced his accuser in a military courtroom on Monday.
Being called to duty, the colonel was forced to leave the young girl behind.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’|Justin Jones|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“All this boosts the morale of the Afghan Taliban,” says the colonel.Kabul Airport Attack Comes as Pakistani Fighters Join Afghan Taliban|Sami Yousafzai|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No doubt the colonel had started on his journey to Lancaster.The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45|William Harrison Ainsworth
"There's a fox's mask," said the Colonel at the bottom of the table, pointing a triangular bit out.The Magnetic North|Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
The colonel had looked upon him with sombre eyes the night of the dance.Lanier of the Cavalry|Charles King
The colonel had thrust the skeleton of John out of the passage.A Romance of the West Indies|Eugne Sue
Just then an aide rode up, and the Colonel gave a sharp command which put an end to this desultory talk.The Crisis, Complete|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for colonel
Word Origin for colonel
Word Origin and History for colonel
1540s, coronell, from Middle French coronel (16c.), modified by dissimilation from Italian colonnella "commander of a column of soldiers at the head of a regiment," from compagna colonella "little column company," from Latin columna "pillar" (see hill). English spelling modified 1580s in learned writing to conform with the Italian form (via translations of Italian military manuals), and pronunciations with "r" and "l" coexisted 17c.-18c., but the earlier pronunciation prevailed. Spanish coronel, from Italian, shows a similar evolution by dissimilation.