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
Examples of Colonel in a Sentence
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.
Venezuela's military attache to the United Nations, Colonel Pedro Chirinos, has announced his official recognition of Juan Guaido as Interim President of Venezuela.
People who have privilege - I'm a white woman, I'm a retired lieutenant colonel - have to do this because we can.
I'm not going to wade into the hearings and things that are taking place on Capitol Hill right now, obviously it's... a highly charged environment so I'm going to not weigh in on that other than to say that Colonel Colonel Alexander Vindman is still an active duty member of the military and continuing to perform his job on a daily basis.
The privilege of serving my country is not only rooted in my military service, but also in my personal history. I sit here, as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, an immigrant, my family fled the Soviet Union when I was three-and-a-half years old. Upon arriving in New York City in 1979, my father worked multiple jobs to support us, all the while learning English at night. He stressed to us the importance of fully integrating into our adopted country.
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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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