- 1A person in authority, especially over a body of troops or a military operation: the commander of a paratroop regimentMore example sentences
leader, head, headman, boss, chief, director, manager, overseer, controller, master; commander-in-chief, C.-in-C., commanding officer, CO, officer, captainNorth American • informal numero uno, sachem, big white chief, big wheel, head honcho, honcho, big kahuna, high muckamuck
- Society and the state evidence the need for the emergence of and functioning of military leaders, commanders, who enjoy authority.
- This precedent focuses on military commanders conducting operations that affect the surrounding civilian population.
- Without this war declaration, military commanders have no command authority over contractor personnel.
- 1.1A rank of naval officer, above lieutenant commander and below captain.More example sentences
- Warren served in the navy for five years, and was described by his senior naval commanders as a superior able seaman.
- This contrasted sharply with the situation of the opposing commander, Admiral Villeneuve.
- Incidentally, this pattern was that worn by captains and commanders from 1832-1939.
- 1.2An officer in charge of a Metropolitan Police district in London.More example sentences
- They then appointed their own commanders in the police stations.
- His assessment of the violence was backed by the district police commander for North Belfast.
- The sergeant has taken over the role of section commander at Tidworth police station.
- 2A member of a higher class in some orders of knighthood. See also knight commander.More example sentences
- He was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour by his second country in 1896 and a commander of the order in 1933.
- Singer Rod Stewart, seen here at a 2004 London concert, will be made a Commander of the British Empire.
- The professor, who has worked at Imperial College since 1970 was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Population Ecology.
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- He liked you enough to reward your services to the medical profession, as you had been in the trade for some time, with a commandership of the British empire.
- It will undertake the responsibility of commandership in the region in April.
- For example, it was said of W. H. Gibson on one occasion that if he wanted the commandership for a coming encampment, it was ‘goodbye’ for the rest of the candidates.
Middle English: from Old French comandeor, from late Latin commandare (see command).