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ˈkɜr nlcolonel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colonelnoun

    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

Wiktionary

  1. colonelnoun

    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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colonelnoun

    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.]

Freebase

  1. Colonel

    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

  1. Colonel

    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

  1. COLONEL

    A male resident of Kentucky. See KERNEL.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. colonel

    The commander of a regiment, either of horse or foot.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. colonel

    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

  1. Colonel

    A Far-West title of courtesy bestowed upon anyone who owns a stud horse.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colonel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4565

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colonel' in Nouns Frequency: #1839

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of colonel in a Sentence

  1. Andrea Zahumensky:

    With Reba’s southern roots and entrepreneurial spirit, she truly embodies the values of the Colonel and the crowd-pleasing flavor of our Smoky Mountain BBQ.

  2. Defense Secretary Mark Esper:

    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.

  3. Francis Marion:

    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

  4. Donald Trump:

    There were problems with that speech, Judge, especially when he spoke about China and Russia and our potential friendship and our shared interests, we don't have shared interests. I'm sorry. [Vladimir Putin] is a KGB colonel. This is the kind of guy who tortured people during the Cold War and wants to destroy us.

  5. Alexander Vindman:

    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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