a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
A commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps. In U.S. military, it ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general.
Etymology: First attested 1548, from coronel, from colonnello, from compagna colonnella, from columna
the chief officer of a regiment; an officer ranking next above a lieutenant colonel and next below a brigadier general
Etymology: [F. colonel, It. colonello, prop., the chief or commander of a column, fr. colonna column, L. columna. See Column.]
Colonel, abbreviated Col, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer. It or a corresponding rank exists in most armies and in many air forces; the naval equivalent rank is generally captain. In air forces with a separate rank structure, the equivalent rank is generally group captain. It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures. A colonel was typically in charge of a regiment in an army, especially in Great Britain; but typically as of 2012 a colonel is the commander of a brigade or regiment in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, and of a wing in the US Air Force. 'Colonel' is usually the highest or second-highest field rank, and is below the general ranks.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kur′nėl, n. an officer who has command of a regiment;—ns. Col′onelcy, his office or rank; Col′onelling, playing the colonel; Col′onelship, colonelcy: quality of a colonel. [Fr. and Sp. coronel; a corr. of It. colonello, the leader of a colonna, or column—L. columna.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A male resident of Kentucky. See KERNEL.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The commander of a regiment, either of horse or foot.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
The title of the highest officer of a regiment, ranking next below a brigadier-general, and above a lieutenant-colonel. The rank of captain in the navy corresponds with this title.
Etymology and Origins
A Far-West title of courtesy bestowed upon anyone who owns a stud horse.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Colonel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4565
Rank popularity for the word 'Colonel' in Nouns Frequency: #1839
The numerical value of Colonel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Colonel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
There has been no final decision regarding a renomination, colonel Brown will continue to serve as acting commissioner. There is no time limit on how long someone can serve in an acting role.
They said to us: 'You're in Syria,' and they handed out our weapons, we didn't call each other 'Comrade Major' or 'Comrade Colonel.' We greeted each other by name and patronymic, so no one would know we were Soviet officers.
Well, now, this is exactly my case. I am in love; and my sweetheart is LIBERTY. Be that heavenly nymph my companion, and these wilds and .Woods shall have charms beyond London and Paris in slavery. To have no proud monarch driving over me with his gilt coaches; nor his host of excise-men and tax-gatherers insulting and robbing me ; but to be my own master, my own prince and sovereign, gloriously preserving my national dignity, and 'pursuing my true happiness; planting my vineyards, and eating their lucious fruits; and sowing my fields, and reaping the golden grain: and seeing millions of ‘brothers all around me, equally free and happy as myself. “This, sir, is What I long for.” p. 155 ... On his return to Georgetown, he was asked by colonel Watson, why he looked so serious? I have cause, sir,” said he, “to look serious.” Watson What! has general Marion refused to treat?” No, sir.” “Well, then, has old Washington defeated sir Henery Clinton, and broke up our army ? No, sir, not that neither ; but worse.” “Ah! what can be worse?” Why, sir, I have seen an American general and his officers, without pay, and almost without clothes, living on roots and drinking water ; and all for LIBERTY! What chance have we against such men!” It is said colonel Watson was not much obliged to him for this speech. But the young ofiicer was so struck with Marion’s sentiments, that he never rested until he threw up his commission, and retired from the service. ' p 156
The notion that the colonel need be a better man than the private is as confused as the notion that the keystone need be stronger than the coping stone.
Colonel Sanders called blacks n—–s.
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- كولونيل, زعيم رتبة, زعيم, عقيدArabic
- coronelCatalan, Valencian
- σμήναρχος, συνταγματάρχηςGreek
- سرهنگ, کلنلPersian
- eversti, everstistäFinnish
- kolonèlHaitian Creole
- пуковница, пуковник, pukovnica, pukovnikSerbo-Croatian
- polkovnik, polkóvnicaSlovene
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