[ kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt, kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt ]
/ ˌkɒm ənˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒm ənˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. command module,
  2. command paper,
  3. command performance,
  4. command post,
  5. command-driven,
  6. commandeer,
  7. commander,
  8. commander in chief,
  9. commander islands,
  10. commander-in-chief

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

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British Dictionary definitions for commandant


/ (ˈkɒmənˌdænt, -ˌdɑːnt) /


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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