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a commissioned officer in the armed forces
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kernel – the central, softer part within a hard shell of a nut or fruit stone; the whole seed of grain such as wheat or corn: Popcorn is made from the kernel of corn.; the nucleus or essential part of anything: There was a kernel of truth in everything she said.
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a. A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above lieutenant colonel and below brigadier general.
b. One who holds this rank or a similar rank in another military organization.
2. An honorary nonmilitary title awarded by some states of the United States.
[Alteration of obsolete coronel, from French, from Old Italian colonello, from diminutive of colonna, column of soldiers, from Latin columna, column; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]
colo′nel·cy, colo′nel·ship′ n.
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(Military) an officer of land or air forces junior to a brigadier but senior to a lieutenant colonel
[C16: via Old French, from Old Italian colonnello column of soldiers, from colonna column]
ˈcolonelcy, ˈcolonelˌship n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above lieutenant colonel.
2. a commissioned officer of similar rank in other nations.
3. Southern U.S.
a. an honorary title bestowed by some states, esp. on visiting dignitaries.
b. (formerly) a title of respect for an elderly man.
[1540–50; < Middle French < Italian colon(n)ello=colonn(a) column + -ello < Latin -ellus diminutive suffix; so named because such an officer orig. headed the first column or company of a regiment]
pron: colonel (ˈkɜr nl) with its medial l pronounced as (r), illustrates one source for the apparent vagaries of English spelling: divergence between a word's orthographic development and its established pronunciation. In this case, English borrowed from French two variant forms of the same word, one pronounced with medial and final (l), and a second reflecting dissimilation of the first (l) to (r). After a period of competition, the dissimilated form triumphed in pronunciation, while the spelling colonel became the orthographic standard.
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|Noun||1.||colonel - a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general|
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
commissioned military officer - a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
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colonel[ˈkɜːnl] N → coronel m
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colonel[ˈkɜːrnəl] n → colonel m
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colonel[ˈkɜːnl] n → colonnello
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
(often abbreviated to Col . when written) an army officer in charge of a regiment. kolonel عَقيد полковник coronel plukovník der Oberst oberst συνταγματάρχηςcoronel kolonel سرهنگ eversti colonel/-elle קולונל कर्नल pukovnik ezredes kolonel ofursti colonnello 大佐 연대장 pulkininkas pulkvedis kolonel koloneloberstpułkownik ډګروال coronel colonel полковник plukovník polkovnik pukovnik överste พันเอก albay 陸軍上校 полковник فوج کا کرنل đại tá 陆军上校
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colonel→ عَقِيد plukovník oberst Oberst συνταγματάρχης coronel eversti colonel pukovnik colonnello 大佐 육군 대령 kolonel oberst pułkownik coronel полковник överste พันเอก albay đại tá 陆军上校
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