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Definitions for colonel
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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
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The chief commander of a regiment; a field officer of the highest rank, next to the general officers. It is now generally sounded with only two distinct syllables, col’nel.
Etymology: Of uncertain etymology. Stephen Skinner imagines it originally colonialis, the leader of a colony. John Minsheu deduces it from colonna, a pillar; as patriæ columen; exercituscolumen. Each is plausible.
The chiefest help must be the care of the colonel, that hath the government of all his garrison. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.
Captain or colonel, or knight in arms,
Whose chance on these defenceless doors may seize,
If deed of honour did thee ever please,
Guard them, and him within protect from harms. John Milton.
Colonel (; abbreviated as Col., Col or COL) is a senior military officer rank used in many countries. It is also used in some police forces and paramilitary organizations. Historically, in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, a colonel was typically in charge of a regiment in an army. Modern usage varies greatly, and in some cases, the term is used as an honorific title that may have no direct relationship to military service. The rank of colonel is typically above the rank of lieutenant colonel. The rank above colonel is typically called brigadier, brigade general or brigadier general. In some smaller military forces, such as those of Monaco or the Vatican, colonel is the highest rank. Equivalent naval ranks may be called captain or ship-of-the-line captain. In the Commonwealth's air force ranking system, the equivalent rank is group captain.
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.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Colonel is ranked #103181 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Colonel surname appeared 174 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Colonel.
55.1% or 96 total occurrences were White.
36.7% or 64 total occurrences were Black.
2.8% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.
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
It was written on cue cards... I didn't need the cue cards after a while because you get into it, but Bob Zemeckis says,' I don't know, it's a minefield, Colonel Tom Parker, it's a minefield. Tom Hanks never know what people are gon na take away from it.' And it ends up being, Tom Hanks know, that thing.
Other than not quite looking like him, his voice being different, and his inability to cook the world's best chicken, we thought Norm was the perfect choice to play the real Colonel. I think the fans will agree.
Our father, Lieutenant Colonel Herbert R. McMaster( U.S. Army, retired), was a tough and compassionate soldier and public servant. He was committed to his neighbors, his fellow soldiers, his community and his country, the best way to honor his memory is for all of us to do all we can to prevent others from suffering at the hands of those who lack compassion and abandon even the most basic standards of human decency.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:
Prayers for Lafayette at Grand Theater. Talking to state police colonel about shooting in Lafayette.
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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Translations for colonel
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- زعيم رتبة, عقيد, كولونيل, زعيمArabic
- coronelCatalan, Valencian
- συνταγματάρχης, σμήναρχοςGreek
- کلنل, سرهنگPersian
- everstistä, everstiFinnish
- kolonèlHaitian Creole
- אלוף משנהHebrew
- пуковница, pukovnica, pukovnik, пуковникSerbo-Croatian
- polkovnik, polkóvnicaSlovene
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