commander


commander
   A professional title used on its own or followed by the last name of the person concerned. In the navy a commander is a commissioned officer who is next in rank to a captain. If he were in command of a ship he would be addressed by the honorary title of ‘Captain’. Probably the most famous commander in literature is Commander Bond, otherwise known as 007, the superman created by Ian Fleming. In the police force a commander is a high-ranking officer, his exact status varying slightly in Britain and the USA. In The Choirboys, by Joseph Wambaugh, which is a black comedy about the Los Angeles police force, occurs the following: ‘Now drink your Pink Lady,’ Commander Moss commanded. (It was Hector Moss who had persuaded the chief of police that the traditional police rank of ‘inspector’ was no longer viable in an era of violence when policemen are called upon to employ counter insurgency tactics. Thanks to Moss all officers formerly of the inspector rank could now call themselves ‘commander’. There is a joking misuse of ‘Commander-inChief’ in The Limits of Love, by Frederic Raphael, where an adult son uses it to his father.

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  • commander — Commander …   Military dictionary

  • commander — [ kɔmɑ̃de ] v. <conjug. : 1> • 1080; comander « donner en dépôt » Xe; lat. pop. °commandare, de commendare « confier, recommander » I ♦ V. tr. dir. 1 ♦ COMMANDER (qqn) :exercer son autorité sur (qqn) en lui dictant sa conduite. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • commander — COMMANDER. v. act. Ordonner, enjoindre quelque chose à quelqu un. Il lui a commandé telle chose. C est Dieu qui le commande. f♛/b] On dit proverbialement à celui qui veut commander quelque chose à des gens qui ne dépendent pas de lui, Commandez à …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Commander — «Commander» Sencillo de Kelly Rowland con David Guetta del álbum One More Love y Here I Am Publicación 17 de mayo de 2010 Formato Descarga digital, CD Grab …   Wikipedia Español

  • commander — Commander. v. a. Ordonner, enjoindre quelque chose à quelqu un. Commander souverainement, imperieusement, avec authorité. il luy a commandé de faire telle chose. vous n avez rien à me commander. c est Dieu qui le commande. On dit prov. &… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • commander — Commander, enjoindre, bailler en commandement, qu on dit plus usitéement donner en mandement, Iubere, praecipere. Commander aussi est estre chef d une troupe. Selon ce on dit, Il commande en l armée, Imperator est. Commander aussi est recommander …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Commander — bezeichnet: Commander (Militär) einen militärischen Rang im englischsprachigen Raum, entsprechend dem Oberstleutnant oder Fregattenkapitän den Führer einer militärischen Einheit im englischsprachigen Raum, siehe Kommandant, Kommandeur oder… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Commander-1 — is a 1965 novel by Welsh author Peter Bryan George and deals with the aftermath of a nuclear war between the United States, the Soviet Union and the People s Republic of China. It was George s last published work, with the author committing… …   Wikipedia

  • Commander — Com*mand er, n. [Cf. F. commandeur. Cf. {Commodore}, {Commender}.] 1. A chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it. [1913 Webster] A leader and commander to the people. Is. lv. 4. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commander — early 14c., comandur, from O.Fr. comandeor, from comander (see COMMAND (Cf. command)). Commander in chief attested from 1650s …   Etymology dictionary

  • commander — [kə man′dər, kəmän′dər] n. [ME comaundour < OFr comandeor] 1. a person who commands; leader; specif., a) the chief officer of a unit in certain societies and fraternal orders b) COMMANDING OFFICER 2. a high ranking member of an order of… …   English World dictionary