What does Commander mean?

Definitions for Commander
kəˈmæn dər, -ˈmɑn-com·man·der

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Commander.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. commanding officer, commandant, commandernoun

    an officer in command of a military unit

  2. commandernoun

    someone in an official position of authority who can command or control others

  3. commandernoun

    a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a lieutenant commander and below a captain

  4. air force officer, commandernoun

    an officer in the airforce


  1. commandernoun

    One who exercises control and direction of a military or naval organization.

  2. commandernoun

    A naval officer whose rank is above that of a lieutenant commander and below that of captain.

  3. commandernoun

    One who exercises control and direction over a group of persons.

  4. commandernoun

    A designation or rank in certain non-military organizations such as NASA and various police forces.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Commandernoun

    Etymology: from command.

    We’ll do thee homage, and be rul’d by thee,
    Love thee as our commander and our king. William Shakespeare.

    I have given him for a leader and commander to the people. Is. lv. 4.

    The Romans, when commanders in war, spake to their army, and styled them, My soldiers. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.

    Charles, Henry, and Francis of France, often adventured rather as soldiers than as commanders. John Hayward.

    Sir Phelim O’neil appeared as their commander in chief. Clar.

    Supreme commander both of sea and land. Edmund Waller.

    The heroick action of some great commander, enterprised for the common good, and honour of the Christian cause. John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedication.

    Their great commanders, by credit in their armies, fell into the scales as a counterpoise to the people. Jonathan Swift.

    The glossocomium, commonly called the commander, is of use in the most strong tough bodies, and where the laxation hath been of long continuance. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. Commander

    Commander (commonly abbreviated as Cmdr.) is a common naval officer rank. Commander is also used as a rank or title in other formal organizations, including several police forces. In several countries this naval rank is termed frigate captain. Commander is also a generic term for an officer commanding any armed forces unit, for example "platoon commander", "brigade commander" and "squadron commander". In the police, terms such as "borough commander" and "incident commander" are used.


  1. commander

    A commander is a person who exercises authority and control over a group of individuals, typically within a military or police context. The commander holds a position of leadership, responsible for planning strategies, making critical decisions, and ensuring the safety and success of their unit. The specific roles and responsibilities of a commander can vary significantly depending on the context or organization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commandernoun

    a chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it

  2. Commandernoun

    an officer who ranks next below a captain, -- ranking with a lieutenant colonel in the army

  3. Commandernoun

    the chief officer of a commandery

  4. Commandernoun

    a heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc


  1. Commander

    Commander is a naval rank which is also sometimes used as a military title depending on the individual customs of a given military service. Commander is also used as a rank or title in some organizations outside of the armed forces, particularly in police and law enforcement.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. commander

    See concept of operations.

  2. commander

    An information requirement identified by the commander as being critical to facilitating timely decision-making. The two key elements are friendly force information requirements and priority intelligence requirements. Also called CCIR. See also information; information requirements; intelligence; priority intelligence requirement.

  3. commander

    In the context of the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System level 1 planning detail for contingency planning, a developed course of action. The product for this level can be a course of action briefing, command directive, commander

  4. commander

    A process of reasoning by which a commander considers all the circumstances affecting the military situation and arrives at a decision as to a course of action to be taken to accomplish the mission. A commander

  5. commander

    A concise expression of the purpose of the operation and the desired end state. It may also include the commander

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. commander

    An officer in the royal navy, commanding a ship of war of under twenty guns, a sloop of war, armed ship, or bomb-vessel. He was entitled master and commander, and ranked with a major of the army: now simply termed commander, and ranking with lieutenant-colonel, but junior of that rank. The act of the commander is binding upon the interests of all under him, and he is alone responsible for costs and damages: he may act erroneously, and abandon what might have turned out good prize to himself and crew.--Commander is also the name of a large wooden mallet used specially in the sail and rigging lofts, as anything of metal would injure the ropes or canvas.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Commander is ranked #18703 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Commander surname appeared 1,469 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Commander.

    59.5% or 874 total occurrences were White.
    34.7% or 511 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 38 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 20 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Commander' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4545

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Commander' in Nouns Frequency: #1609

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Commander in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Commander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Commander in a Sentence

  1. Lindsey Graham:

    I absolutely will not support Hillary Clinton for President. … I also can not in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief.

  2. Commander Efren Lopez:

    We have accomplished a great feat. Over the last two years we have rescued 23 crew members, four of which were stuck inside the engine compartment for over 30 hours, none sustaining life-threatening injuries. Now we have completed the largest wreck removal in Commander Efren Lopez history.

  3. The CDC:

    As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect. In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee.

  4. Al Cardenas:

    When it comes time to figuring out who's ready to be commander-in-chief on Day 1, I think there's no contest, i think it's Jeb Bush.

  5. Earl Granville:

    For the past few years, this has been the approach of the other side -- trying to take the current commander in chief out of office, and it seems like all its doing is costing us money.

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