noun, plural commanders in chief.
Also, Commander in Chief. the supreme commander of the armed forces of a nation or, sometimes, of several allied nations:
The president is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.
an officer in command of a particular portion of an armed force who has been given this title by specific authorization.
noun (pl) commanders in chief
the officer holding supreme command of the forces in an area or operation
the officer holding command of a major subdivision of one military service
The role of the United States president as highest ranking officer in the armed forces. The Constitution provides this power, but, through the system of checks and balances, gives Congress the authority to declare war. During periods of war, presidents such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, George H. W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush have taken active roles as commander in chief.
[kuh-man-der, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn dər, -ˈmɑn-/ noun 1. a person who . 2. a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader. 3. the commissioned officer in of a military unit. 4. U.S. Navy. an officer ranking below a captain and above a . 5. a police officer in charge of a precinct or other unit. 6. […]
[kuh-man-duh-ree, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn də ri, -ˈmɑn-/ noun, plural commanderies. 1. the office or rank of a commander. 2. the district of a commander. 3. a district controlled by a commander of certain medieval orders of knights. 4. a local branch or lodge of certain secret or fraternal orders.
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[kuh-man-ding, -mahn-] /kəˈmæn dɪŋ, -ˈmɑn-/ adjective 1. being in : a commanding officer. 2. appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable: a commanding position; a commanding lead in the final period. 3. having the air, tone, etc., of ; imposing; authoritative: a man of commanding appearance; a commanding voice. 4. dominating by position, usually elevation; overlooking: […]