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Line breaks: com|mando
Pronunciation: /kəˈmɑːndəʊ

Definition of commando in English:

noun (plural commandos)

1A soldier specially trained for carrying out raids: [as modifier]: a commando attack
More example sentences
  • The mobilisation includes paramilitary forces, regular soldiers and specially trained commandos.
  • This operational capability requires commandos to be trained and equipped differently to conventional infantry soldiers.
  • Training was similar to that carried out by the commandos, with emphasis placed on raiding, sentry elimination, ambushing, cross-country night navigation exercises, and target attacks.
1.1A unit of commandos: he saw service in a Marine Commando
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  • According to the Washington Post, the operation will include the CIA working with commandos and other military units to act immediately on intelligence uncovered by American spies about enemy targets.


late 18th century (denoting a militia, originally consisting of Boers in South Africa): from Portuguese (earlier form of comando), from commandar 'to command', from late Latin commandare (see command).


go commando

informal Wear no underpants.
Example sentences
  • Women should go commando or wear loose fitting pajamas/nightgowns with no panties.
  • Can you imagine having to recount the day you were found wearing grubby underwear or even worse, you were discovered going commando!
  • And yes, as some of you will see in these paparazzi photos, she appears to go commando.

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