Variant of colonel
- 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 ; from French colonel, coronel (-r- by dissimilation) ; from Italian colonello ; from colonna, (military) column ; from Classical Latin columna, column; French and amp; eastern; English spelling, spelled modified after Classical Latin and amp; Italian but older pronunciation kept inch(es) eastern; English
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