- a person who commands.
- a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader.
- the commissioned officer in command of a military unit.
- U.S. Navy. an officer ranking below a captain and above a lieutenant commander.
- a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit.
- the chief officer of a commandery in the medieval orders of Knights Hospitalers, Knights Templars, and others.
- a member of one of the higher classes or ranks in certain modern fraternal orders, as in the Knights Templars.
Origin of commander
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Examples from the Web for commandership
Some years before, he had resigned his commandership in the Northern club.Horace Chase
Constance Fenimore Woolson
The same is still truer when we come to the inferior orders, which are still fairly high, such as the Commandership of the Bath.A Novelist on Novels
W. L. George
Not if they are history, and eloquence and commandership have power over the blood and souls of men.The Tragic Comedians, Complete
After Absalom's rebellion David foolishly and unjustly offered the commandership of the army to his nephew Amasa.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
Through the actual topknot, a long eagle feather, in special signification of commandership, was stuck slantingly.The Treasure of Pearls
- 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
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Word Origin and History for commandership
early 14c., comandur, from Old French comandeor, from comander (see command (v.)). Commander in chief attested from 1650s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper