- coronel (obsolete)
First attested 1548, from Middle French coronel, from Italian colonnello (“the officer of a small company of soldiers (column) that marched at the head of a regiment”), from compagna colonnella (“little column company”), from Latin columna (“pillar”), originally a collateral form of columen, contraction culmen (“a pillar, top, crown, summit”), o-grade form from a Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (“going around”)..
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɜːnəl/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɝnəl/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)nəl
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- Homophone: kernel
colonel (plural colonels)
- 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.
When used as a title, it is always capitalized.
- Example: Colonel John Doe.
The rank corresponds to pay grade O-6. Abbreviations: Col. and COL.
colonel m (plural colonels)
- a colonel, a military officer above lieutenant-colonel and below general-major.
- a letter in a type of font.