[kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt, kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt]


the commanding officer of a place, group, etc.: the commandant of a naval base.
the title of the senior officer and head of the U.S. Marine Corps.
U.S. Army. a title generally given to the heads of military schools.

Origin of commandant

1680–90; < French, noun use of present participle of commander to command; see -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for commandant

Contemporary Examples of commandant

Historical Examples of commandant

  • I am recommending you to the care of the station-master, the Commandant X.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • This girl is at present the wife of Commandant Monfils Chesneau.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • If I am commandant of this force I hand over the captaincy of this company to you.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But supposing, now, I was to take it into my head to inform the Commandant?

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • Ferguson went to the infirmary and Grayson went to the Commandant's office.

    The Adventurer

    Cyril M. Kornbluth

British Dictionary definitions for commandant



an officer commanding a place, group, or establishment
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Word Origin and History for commandant

1680s, from French commandant "the one commanding" originally "commanding," present participle of commander (Old French comander) "to order, enjoin;" see command (v.). Similar formation in Spanish and Italian comandante.

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