- (in World War II)
- 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).
- 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.
Origin of commando
Examples from the Web for commando
Now the time for the bombing blitz and commando raids appears to be approaching.The ISIS Caliphate’s Coming Blitz of Baghdad
July 28, 2014
Andrey Donskoy is a musician and commando from Krasnoarmeysk, a town in the Donetsk region.Ukraine Separatists' Pro-Putin Raps
June 23, 2014
He cannot walk independently—he uses a wheelchair or commando crawls.The Cost of Raising a Special Needs Son
June 11, 2014
But the most talked-about reward is $10,000 for the capture of a Russian commando.Ukraine’s Billionaire Bounty-Hunting Club
April 19, 2014
A commando team, on the other hand, will always have to operate quickly to get in, and, it hopes, to get out.The 'Killer Robot' Olympics
December 19, 2013
Yesterday you were on commando with Lotter; your brother was shot and taken by us.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
But for these infirmities these men would have been on commando with their brother burghers.The Petticoat Commando
We have halted at Rietfontein which is a mile or so from Commando Nek.
To-day we have returned to Commando Nek, at least within a mile or so of it.
His commando consisted of 400 mounted men and about 100 dismounted.The Peace Negotiations
J. D. Kestell
- an amphibious military unit trained for raiding
- 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 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.