pl. -·dos or -·does
- in South Africa, a force of Boer troops
- a raid or expedition made by such troops
- a small raiding force trained to operate inside territory held by the enemy
- a member of such a group
Origin of commandoAfrikaans ; from Port, literally , party commanded ; from commandar, to govern, command ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form commandare, command
nounpl. com·man·dos or com·man·does
- a. A small fighting force specially trained for making quick destructive raids against enemy-held areas.b. A member of such a force.
- a. An organized force of Boer troops in South Africa.b. A raid made by such a force.
Origin of commandoAfrikaans kommando, from Dutch commando, unit of troops, from Spanish comando, from comandar, to command, from Late Latin commandare; see command.
(plural commandos or commandoes)