commander in chief


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commander in chief

n. pl. commanders in chief Abbr. CINC or C in C
1. The supreme commander of all the armed forces of a nation.
2. The officer commanding a major armed force.

commander in chief

or

commander-in-chief

n, pl commanders in chief or commanders-in-chief
1. (Military) the officer holding supreme command of the forces in an area or operation
2. (Military) the officer holding command of a major subdivision of one military service

command′er in chief′



n., pl. commanders in chief.
1. Also, Command′er in Chief′. the supreme commander of the armed forces of a nation or, sometimes, of several allied nations.
2. an officer in command of a particular portion of an armed force.
[1635–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commander in chief - the officer who holds the supreme command; "in the U.S. the president is the commander in chief"
commandant, commander, commanding officer - an officer in command of a military unit
Translations
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commander in chief

n pl <commanders in chief> → Oberbefehlshaber(in) m(f)

commander in chief

n (Mil) → comandante m in capo
References in classic literature ?
On October 11, 1805, one of the infantry regiments that had just reached Braunau had halted half a mile from the town, waiting to be inspected by the commander in chief. Despite the un-Russian appearance of the locality and surroundings- fruit gardens, stone fences, tiled roofs, and hills in the distance- and despite the fact that the inhabitants (who gazed with curiosity at the soldiers) were not Russians, the regiment had just the appearance of any Russian regiment preparing for an inspection anywhere in the heart of Russia.
On the evening of the last day's march an order had been received that the commander in chief would inspect the regiment on the march.
The aide-de-camp was sent to confirm the order which had not been clearly worded the day before, namely, that the commander in chief wished to see the regiment just in the state in which it had been on the march: in their greatcoats, and packs, and without any preparation whatever.
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