Share this entry

Share this page

commandant

Syllabification: com·man·dant
Pronunciation: /ˈkämənˌdant
 
, ˈkämənˌdänt
 
/

Definition of commandant in English:

noun

An officer in charge of a particular force or institution: the West Point commandant of cadets
More example sentences
  • Among the last six commandants of the Army War College, for example, there have been a Rhodes Scholar, a published historian, a published military educator and two Ph.D.s who have also published.
  • He later served as commandant of the Regimental Officer Academy and the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Signal Command.
  • Marceau, wearing his uniform as a commandant in the French Army reserves, was the master of ceremonies.

Origin

late 17th century: from French commandant, or Italian or Spanish comandante, all from late Latin commandare 'to command' (see command).

Definition of commandant in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…