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or colo·nel·ship

  1. the rank, position, or status of a colonel.
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Origin of colonelcy

First recorded in 1790–1800; colonel + -cy
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Examples from the Web for colonelcy

Historical Examples of colonelcy

  • He had, in the meantime, been promoted to the colonelcy of his regiment.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman

    J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd

  • This colonelcy was an honorary title which he held by custom rather than by law.

    Jack O' Judgment

    Edgar Wallace

  • William J. Bryan accepted the colonelcy in a Nebraska regiment.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • They gave him the Colonelcy of Cuirassiers: 'Drill there, and endure.'

  • He had hoped that some day he might win a colonelcy; more than that he had never thought of.