commander in chief

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commander in chief (plural commanders in chief)

  1. Supreme commander of the armed forces of an entire country.
    • c. 1600, Clement Edmundes, Observations vpon Caesars Comentaries[1], page 175:
      For, [Scipio] being Commaunder in chiefe, ouer an Armie; (Latin original: praeesse autem suo nomine exercitui)

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