Definition of commander
What does the word commander mean?
part of speech: noun
In vbl senses; also or esp.: C. of the Faithful, title of Caliph; (Navy) officer ranking between captain& lieutenant; member of higher class in some Orders of Knighthood; large wooden mallet; C.-in-Chief, (Army) of all military land-forces of State, of portion of them quartered in colony, or of expedition in foreign country, (Navy) of all ships on a station. Hence commandership (1) n. [old French]