Definition of commandant in English:


Line breaks: com¦mand|ant
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒmənˈdant
, ˈkɒmənˌdant
, -dɑːnt/


An officer in charge of a particular force or institution: the camp commandant
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  • 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.


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

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