colonel

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English[edit]

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First attested 1548, from Middle French coronel, from Old 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).

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colonel (plural colonels)

  1. 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.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, Ch.I:
      The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it. […] But there was not a more lascivious reprobate and gourmand in all London than this same Greystone.

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  • When used as a title, it is always capitalized.

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French coronel, from Old 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).

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colonel m (plural colonels)

  1. colonel
  2. An ice cream dessert consisting of lemon sherbet and vodka.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French colonel, from Middle French coronel, from Old 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).

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colonel m (plural colonei)

  1. a colonel, a military officer above lieutenant-colonel and below general-major.

Etymology 2[edit]

from German Kolonel

Noun[edit]

colonel n

  1. a letter in a type of font.