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commanding officer

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  1. Army. a commander of any rank from second lieutenant to colonel.
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Origin of commanding officer

First recorded in 1790–1800
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  • During the campaign he was a boon companion of every commanding-officer.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2


  • The commanding-officer, with the staff and three companies, were put on board the Fox.

  • And this fine hymn was a favourite with Captain Æneas Pond, the commanding-officer of the Die-hards.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Father Christmas one afternoon happened to inquire at the Commanding-officer what time it was.

    Adventures in Toyland

    Edith King Hall

  • This last insinuation probably induced Waverley to set both down to the prejudices of his commanding-officer.


    Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for commanding officer

commanding officer

  1. an officer in command of a military unit
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