noun, plural com·man·dos, com·man·does.
- any of the specially trained Allied military units used for surprise, hit-and-run raids against Axis forces.
- a member of any of these units.Compare ranger(def 3).
Origin of commando
Examples from the Web for commando
Now the time for the bombing blitz and commando raids appears to be approaching.
Andrey Donskoy is a musician and commando from Krasnoarmeysk, a town in the Donetsk region.
He cannot walk independently—he uses a wheelchair or commando crawls.
But the most talked-about reward is $10,000 for the capture of a Russian commando.
A commando team, on the other hand, will always have to operate quickly to get in, and, it hopes, to get out.
He had got his waggon, and had followed us with the commando of Commandant Hasebroek.Through Shot and Flame|J. D. Kestell.
The Commando trained to fight them at their own kind of battle, but with far, far more devastating effect.
Here I was joined by Commandant Hasebroek with his commando, and all of us—horses as well as men—enjoyed a little rest.Three Years' War|Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
Dave's swift, neat clip behind the ear with the barrel of his gun would have brought words of praise from any Commando.
One of the regulations of our commando forbade the officers and men to spend the night by the side of any water or low spot.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War|Ben Viljoen.
British Dictionary definitions for commando
noun plural -dos or -does
- an amphibious military unit trained for raiding
- a member of such a unit
Word Origin for commando
Word Origin and History for commando
Afrikaans, "a troop under a commander," from Portuguese, literally "party commanded" (see command (v.)); in use c.1809 during the Peninsula campaign, then from 1834, in a South African sense, of military expeditions of the Boers against the natives; modern sense is from 1940 (originally shock troops to repel the threatened German invasion of England), first attested in writings of Winston Churchill, who could have picked it up during the Boer War. Phrase going commando "not wearing underwear" attested by 1996, U.S. slang, perhaps on notion of being ready for instant action.