Also Commander in Chief . the supreme commander of the armed forces of a nation or, sometimes, of several allied nations: The president is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.
an officer in command of a particular portion of an armed force who has been given this title by specific authorization.
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How to use commander in chief in a sentence
Philip Breedlove, NATO commander-in-chief, says this represents a shift, "from engagement to preparedness."Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin | Leo Cendrowicz | October 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am also aware, however, that the average Supreme Court justice or federal judge serves far longer than the Commander-in-Chief.
Though the commander-in-chief should delegate as much as possible, wartime relationships matter.
For this raid, Mavrokordato anointed him, rather ridiculously, Archistrategos or commander-in-chief of Western Greece.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy | Michael Weiss | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As he revealed his inner commander-in-chief and mounted a confident run, Hollande was transformed.French President Francois Hollande’s Inability to Tie a Necktie Earns France’s Scorn | Tracy McNicoll | November 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The commander-in-chief still kept him attached to the headquarter staff, and constantly employed him on special service.
So far Murat had always held subordinate commands; his great ambition was to become the commander-in-chief of an independent army.
As commander-in-chief, Bonaparte, for the time being, held the whip hand and could show his dislike by severe reprimands.
Doing so, I received a different sort of salute from that to which a Commander-in-Chief landing on duty is entitled by regulation.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The commander-in-chief overrated the fighting qualities of the Neapolitan troops and thought it prudent to evacuate Rome.
British Dictionary definitions for commander in chief
the officer holding supreme command of the forces in an area or operation
the officer holding command of a major subdivision of one military service
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Cultural definitions for commander in chief
The role of the United States president as highest ranking officer in the armed forces. The Constitution provides this power, but, through the system of checks and balances, gives Congress the authority to declare war. During periods of war, presidents such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, George H. W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush have taken active roles as commander in chief.
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