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Middle French[edit]


From Italian colonnello (colonel; commanding officer of a column of soldiers who march at the head of a regiment) from Old Italian colonnella (small company or column of soldiers at the head of a regiment, commanded by a colonel) via compagnia colonnella (literally little column company) from Medieval Latin colonellus; diminutives of colonna, from Latin columna (pillar, column), collateral form of columen, from Proto-Italic *kolamen, from Proto-Indo-European *kelH- (to rise, be tall). Compare French colonel, a later borrowing closer to the Italian source form.


coronnel m (plural coronnels)

  1. colonel; a middle-ranking military officer


  • English: coronel
  • Norman: coronel
  • Old Occitan: coronel