• (British) IPA: /ˈkɜːnəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɝnəl/

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).
    • 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.
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colonel (colonels, present participle coloneling; past and past participle coloneled)

  1. (intransitive) To act as or like a colonel.


colonel (uncountable)

  1. (military) The military officer title.

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