[kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt, kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt] /ˌkɒm ənˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒm ənˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt/

the of a place, group, etc.:
the commandant of a naval base.
the title of the senior officer and head of the U.S. Marine Corps.
U.S. Army. a title generally given to the heads of military schools.
a .
/ˈkɒmənˌdænt; -ˌdɑːnt/
an officer commanding a place, group, or establishment

1680s, from French commandant “the one commanding” originally “commanding,” present participle of commander (Old French comander) “to order, enjoin;” see command (v.). Similar formation in Spanish and Italian comandante.


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