[kuh-man-der, -mahn-]


Origin of commander

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French comandere, equivalent to comand(er) to command + -ere < Latin -ātōr- -ator
Related formscom·mand·er·ship, nounsub·com·mand·er, nounsub·com·mand·er·ship, nounun·der·com·mand·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of commander

Historical Examples of commander

  • Six months more passed, and still no tidings of the ship or its commander.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He looked more like a clerk from a grocery store than the commander of an army.

  • Yates bade good-by to the commander, and walked with his friend out of the camp.

  • He was in the fight, and boarded with Decatur, but did not save his commander's life.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The commander still sat on his saddle under the beech-tree where I had left him.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for commander



an officer in command of a military formation or operation
a naval commissioned rank junior to captain but senior to lieutenant commander
the second in command of larger British warships
someone who holds authority
a high-ranking member of some knightly or fraternal orders
an officer responsible for a district of the Metropolitan Police in London
history the administrator of a house, priory, or landed estate of a medieval religious order
Derived Formscommandership, noun
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Word Origin and History for commander

early 14c., comandur, from Old French comandeor, from comander (see command (v.)). Commander in chief attested from 1650s.

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