Definition of Commodore

1. Noun. A commissioned naval officer who ranks above a captain and below a rear admiral; the lowest grade of admiral.

Definition of Commodore

1. n. An officer who ranks next above a captain; sometimes, by courtesy, the senior captain of a squadron. The rank of commodore corresponds with that of brigadier general in the army.

Definition of Commodore

1. Noun. (military nautical) A naval officer holding a rank between captain and rear admiral. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A (temporary) commander over a collection of ships who is not an admiral. ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) The president of a yacht club ¹

4. Noun. (US military nautical) A commodore admiral ¹

5. Noun. (US military nautical) A rear admiral (lower half) ¹

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Definition of Commodore

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Literary usage of Commodore

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1. Niles' Weekly Register edited by Hezekiah Niles, Jeremiah Hughes, George Beatty (1816)
"commodore Rodgers hailed, and was answered by repeating his words; ... Heard commodore R, hail, reply, and second hail; then two guns in quick succession, ..."

2. History of the Late War Between the United States and Great Britain by Henry Marie Brackenridge (1844)
"The American commodore, having no pilot, did not think it prudent to follow them, ... After a few hours delay at Sackett's Harbour, commodore Chauncey again ..."

3. American Book Prices Current (1901)
"To commodore Barry. Bainbridge (commodore William). — Continued. Gayley sale, Henkels', June 14, ... Strawberry Hill, May 23, no year, to commodore Barry. ..."

4. The Library of American Biography by Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress), Jared Sparks (1846)
"commodore Decatur to commodore Barron. Washington, June 17th, 1819. SIR, I have received your communication of the 12th instant. Before you could have been ..."

5. The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries by John Austin Stevens, Benjamin Franklin DeCosta, Martha Joanna Lamb, Henry Phelps Johnston, Nathan Gilbert Pond, William Abbatt (1885)
"... and valuable memoir of commodore Mathew Calbraith Perry, in the May number of the MAGAZINE OF AMERICAN HISTORY, it is stated that " the squadron (in the ..."

6. Thirty Years' View: Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1856)
"When I first saw commodore RODGERS, which was after I had reached senatorial ... commodore Rodgers needed no help from the creative imagination to endow him ..."

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