Definition of commandant in English:


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  • An officer in charge of a particular force or institution.

    ‘the West Point commandant of cadets’
    • ‘Among the last six commandants of the Army War College, for example, there have been a Rhodes Scholar, a published historian, a published military educator and two Ph.D.s who have also published.’
    • ‘He later served as commandant of the Regimental Officer Academy and the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Signal Command.’
    • ‘Marceau, wearing his uniform as a commandant in the French Army reserves, was the master of ceremonies.’
    • ‘Its primary mission is to provide music for the president of the United States and the commandant of the Marine Corps.’
    • ‘He was placed on the commandant's list on completing the Armor Officer Basic Course in 1997.’
    • ‘Jon Voight, as the camp commandant, or second in command under the mean spirited Warden, overacts to a point of absurdity.’
    • ‘Promoted to brigadier general in 1907, he then became commandant of the Staff College.’
    • ‘The commandant said many special officers felt the same, but acknowledged that some who joined with a view to becoming career officers might feel differently.’
    • ‘These sources provide us with the names and ranks of the fort's commandants and their military and personal ambitions.’
    • ‘At first, the conquered territories were administered by military commandants.’
    • ‘The group commandant, Colonel S.Kumar, visited the spot on Saturday and witnessed the cadets fly with enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Officers' representatives have consistently complained about a shortfall among commandants and captains and there is usually a high drop out rate among recruits.’
    • ‘In the summer of 1925, he was transferred to a light-bomber squadron as assistant to the airfield commandant.’
    • ‘But a new book reveals the incredible secret that the camp commandant hid from his SS comrades throughout the war.’
    • ‘Once the war was over, they continued to identify with the most defiant commandants and generals.’
    • ‘Once again, his effectiveness as a camp commandant came to the fore.’
    • ‘I opened the gates, showing correct papers to the camp commandant on the way out.’
    • ‘From a more practical point of view, several commandants have pushed the Marine Corps not only to educate but also to train Marines for the new challenges of complex crises and emergencies.’
    • ‘There are 16 female commandants and 38 captains in the army, two female captains in the air corps, and six in the naval service.’
    • ‘One was the camp commandant, who was responsible for the organisation of the camp.’



/ˈkämənˌdant/ /ˈkɑmənˌdænt/ /ˈkämənˌdänt/ /ˈkɑmənˌdɑnt/


Late 17th century from French commandant, or Italian or Spanish commandante, all from late Latin commandare ‘to command’ (see command).