The definition of a colonel is a high ranking military officer.noun
An example of colonel is an individual in the Army who is an officer in rank above a lieutenant colonel but below a brigadier general.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a military officer ranking above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general, and corresponding to a captain in the navy
- ☆ an honorary, nonmilitary title in some southern or western U.S. states
Origin: earlier coronel < Fr colonel, coronel (-r- by dissimilation) < It colonello < colonna, (military) column < L columna, column; Fr & E sp. modified after L & It, but older pronun. kept in E
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- a. Abbr. COL or Col or Col. A commissioned rank in the U.S. 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.
- An honorary nonmilitary title awarded by some states of the United States.
Origin: Alteration of obsolete coronel, from French, from Old Italian colonello, from diminutive of colonna, column of soldiers, from Latin columna, column; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- coloˈnel·cy, coloˈnel·shipˌ noun