colonel (plural colonels)
- 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).
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter I, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
- 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.
- French: colonel
- German: Oberst
- Italian: colonnello
- Portuguese: coronel
- Russian: полко́вник
- Spanish: coronel
colonel (colonels, present participle coloneling; past and past participle coloneled)
- (intransitive) To act as or like a colonel.