[ kuh-man-doh, -mahn- ]
/ kəˈmæn doʊ, -ˈmɑn- /
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noun, plural com·man·dos, com·man·does.
(in World War II)
  1. any of the specially trained Allied military units used for surprise, hit-and-run raids against Axis forces.
  2. a member of any of these units.Compare ranger (def. 3).
any military unit organized for operations similar to those of the commandos of World War II.
a member of a military assault unit or team trained to operate quickly and aggressively in especially urgent, threatening situations, as against terrorists holding hostages.
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Idioms about commando

    go commando, Slang. to wear pants, shorts, a skirt, etc., with no underwear.

Origin of commando

First recorded in 1785–95; from Afrikaans kommando “raid, raiding party, a unit of militia,” from Portuguese commando “unit commanded,” noun derivative of commandar “to command
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British Dictionary definitions for commando

/ (kəˈmɑːndəʊ) /

noun plural -dos or -does
  1. an amphibious military unit trained for raiding
  2. a member of such a unit
the basic unit of the Royal Marine Corps
(originally) an armed force raised by Boers during the Boer War
(modifier) denoting or relating to a commando or force of commandosa commando raid; a commando unit
go commando informal to wear no underpants

Word Origin for commando

C19: from Afrikaans kommando, from Dutch commando command, from French commander to command
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