- a person who commands; leader; specif.,
- the chief officer of a unit in certain societies and fraternal orders
- commanding officer
- a high-ranking member of an order of knighthood
- U.S. Navy an officer ranking above a lieutenant commander and below a captain
Origin of commanderMiddle English comaundour from Old French comandeor
- A person who commands, especially a commanding officer.
- a. A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above lieutenant commander and below captain.b. One who holds this rank.c. The chief commissioned officer of a military unit regardless of his or her rank.
- An officer in some knightly or fraternal orders.
- One who exercises control and direction of a military or naval organization.
- A naval officer whose rank is above that of a lieutenant commander and below that of captain.
- One who exercises control and direction over a group of persons.
- A designation or rank in certain non-military organizations such as NASA and various police forces.
- A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc.
From Old French comandeor, from comander. See command.