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commander in chief

Syllabification: com·mand·er in chief
(also Commander in Chief)

Definition of commander in chief in English:

noun (plural commanders in chief)

1A head of state or officer in supreme command of a country’s armed forces.
Example sentences
  • Well, they're certainly concerned, but I think we give the president, our leader, our commander-in-chief, the benefit of the doubt.
  • It is far more familiar, unfortunately, to consider a president as a commander-in-chief of a nation's armed forces.
  • And of course, the president's their commander-in-chief all the more so.
1.1An officer in charge of a major subdivision of a country’s armed forces, or of its forces in a particular area.
Example sentences
  • The wartime direction of all troops and forces involved in an operation was a centralized one, with commanders-in-chief and their staff in charge of command and control during military operations.
  • There are paintings and photographs of generals, lieutenants, sergeants, privates, secretaries and commanders-in-chief.
  • The commander-in-chief, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, was Scots, but could only offer to out-produce and out-slaughter the Central Powers.

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