commodore

[kom-uh-dawr, -dohr]
noun
  1. Navy. a grade of flag officer next in rank below a rear admiral.
  2. British Navy. an officer in temporary command of a squadron, sometimes over a captain on the same ship.
  3. Navy. the senior captain when two or more ships of war are cruising in company.
  4. (in the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine) the officer in command of a convoy.
  5. the senior captain of a line of merchant vessels.
  6. the president or head of a yacht club or boat club.

Origin of commodore

1685–95; earlier commandore, perhaps < Dutch komandeur < French commandeur commander
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Historical Examples of commodore

  • Towards evening, all the light craft were doing the same, to close with the commodore.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I ought to mention the kindness of the commodore to the poor of York.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • She ought to have been near the commodore, but could not get there.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The commodore commended us, and called out, "that is quick work, my lads!"

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The present Commodore Kearny commanded this ship, and he took us down to the Rock.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for commodore

commodore

noun
  1. British a naval rank junior to rear admiral and senior to captain
  2. the senior captain of a shipping line
  3. the officer in command of a convoy of merchant ships
  4. the senior flag office of a yacht or boat club

Word Origin for commodore

C17: probably from Dutch commandeur, from French, from Old French commander to command
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Word Origin and History for commodore
n.

1690s, probably via Dutch kommandeur from French commandeur, from Old French comandeor (see commander). In U.S. Navy, above a captain, below a rear-admiral.

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