[ kur-nl-see ]
/ ˈkɜr nl si /
the rank, position, or status of a colonel.
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[ kur-nl ]
/ ˈkɜr nl /
an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking between lieutenant colonel and brigadier general: corresponding to a captain in the U.S. Navy.
a commissioned officer of similar rank in the armed forces of some other nations.
an honorary title bestowed by some Southern states, as to those who have brought honor to the state, prominent businesspersons, visiting celebrities, or the like: When the vice president visited the state he was made a Kentucky colonel.
Older Use. (in the South) a title of respect prefixed to the name of distinguished elderly men.
Origin of colonel
1540–50; < Middle French < Italian colon(n)ello, equivalent to colonn(a) column + -ello < Latin -ellus diminutive suffix; so named because such an officer originally headed the first column or company of a regiment
pronunciation note for colonel
Colonel [kur-nl] /ˈkɜr nl/, with its medial l pronounced as [r] /r/, illustrates one source for the apparent vagaries of English spelling: divergence between a word's orthographic development and its established pronunciation. In this case, English borrowed from French two variant forms of the same word, one pronounced with medial and final [l] /l/, and a second reflecting dissimilation of the first [l] /l/ to [r] /r/. After a period of competition, the dissimilated form triumphed in pronunciation, while the spelling colonel became the orthographic standard.
OTHER WORDS FROM colonelcolo·nel·cy, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for colonelcies
His distinction was in holding two colonelcies together, one of Foot and one of Horse.The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660|David Masson
British Dictionary definitions for colonelcies
/ (ˈkɜːnəl) /
an officer of land or air forces junior to a brigadier but senior to a lieutenant colonel
Derived forms of colonelcolonelcy or colonelship, noun
Word Origin for colonel
C16: via Old French, from Old Italian colonnello column of soldiers, from colonna column
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