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colonel

a commissioned officer in the armed forces
Not to be confused with:
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.

colo·nel

 (kûr′nəl)
n.
1.
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.

colonel

(ˈkɜːnəl)
n
(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

colo•nel

(ˈkɜr nl)

n.
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]
colo′nel•cy, n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 generalcolonel - 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
lieutenant colonel, light colonel - a commissioned officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines holding a rank above major and below colonel
Translations
عَقيدعَقِيد
plukovník
oberst
eversti
pukovnik
ezredes
ofursti
大佐
육군 대령
pulkininkas
pulkvedis
plukovník
polkovnik
överste
พันเอก
đại tá

colonel

[ˈkɜːnl] Ncoronel m

colonel

[ˈkɜːrnəl] ncolonel m

colonel

nOberst m; (as address) → Herr Oberst

colonel

[ˈkɜːnl] ncolonnello

colonel

(ˈkəːnl) noun
(often abbreviated to Col . when written) an army officer in charge of a regiment.

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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