colonel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

First attested 1548, from Middle French coronnel, 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 *kel- (to rise, be elevated, be prominent). See hill, holm.

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Noun[edit]

colonel (plural colonels)

  1. A commissioned officer in an armed military organization, typically the highest rank before flag officer ranks (generals). It is generally found in armies, air forces or naval infantry (marines).

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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; see colonel.

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Noun[edit]

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]

Borrowing from French colonel, from Middle French coronel, which see.

Noun[edit]

colonel m (plural colonei)

  1. colonel (military officer above lieutenant-colonel and below general-major)

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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from German Kolonel.

Noun[edit]

colonel n (uncountable)

  1. A letter in a type of font.

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