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.
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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
See colonel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Alteration of obsolete coronel
Origin: , from French
Origin: , from Old Italian colonello
Origin: , from
Origin: diminutive of colonna, column of soldiers
Origin: , from Latin columna, column; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.
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