- U.S. Navy
- Historical an officer ranking above a captain and below a rear admiral: the rank was abolished in 1899 but temporarily restored in WWII
- an officer, with the rank of captain, commanding two or more small ships, as destroyers
- the president of a yacht club
- the senior captain of a merchant fleet
Origin of commodoreearlier commadore, commandore, probably via Dutch kommandeur ; from French commandeur ; from Old French comandeor ; from comander: see command
- a. A commissioned rank formerly used in the US Navy that was above captain and below rear admiral. Abolished in 1899, it was restored temporarily during World War II and in the early 1980s.b. One who holds this rank.c. Used as an honorary title for a captain in the US Navy in command of a fleet division or squadron.
- a. The senior captain of a naval squadron or merchant fleet.b. The presiding officer of a yacht club.
Origin of commodoreObsolete commandore, probably from Dutch komandeur, commander, from French commandeur, from Old French, from comander, to command; see command.
- (military, nautical) A naval officer holding a rank between captain and rear admiral.
- (nautical) A (temporary) commander over a collection of ships who is not an admiral.
- (nautical) The president of a yacht club
- (US, military, nautical) A commodore admiral
- (US, military, nautical) A rear admiral (lower half)
The equivalent army rank is brigadier, senior colonel, brigadier general, or lowest ranking general officer grade.
commodore - Computer Definition
One of the first personal computer companies. In 1977, Commodore Business Machines, West Chester, PA, introduced the PET computer and launched the personal computer industry along with Apple and Radio Shack. In 1982, it introduced the Commodore 64 (64K RAM) and later the Commodore 128. These were popular home computers, and more than 10 million were sold. In 1985, Commodore's new Amiga series offered advanced imaging and video capabilities at affordable prices. A line of IBM-compatible PCs was also introduced, but the Amiga line was Commodore's mainstay until 1994, when the company filed for bankruptcy. See Amiga and Commodore 64.