Definition of Commanding officer
1. Noun. An officer in command of a military unit.
Specialized synonyms: Saclant, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, Saceur, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Commander In Chief, Generalissimo, Wing Commander
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Military Officer, Officer
Derivative terms: Command, Command, Command, Command, Commandership
Lexicographical Neighbors of Commanding Officer
Literary usage of Commanding officer
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Manual for Courts-martial, Courts of Inquiry and of Other Procedure Under by United States War Dept (1916)
"When a superior appoints a court because of such disqualification on the part of a subordinate commanding officer, he will specify in the order the names of ..."
2. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson (1893)
"SIR,—Some of the citizens of this State taken prisoners when not in arms and enlarged on parole have reported the commanding officer as affirming to them ..."
3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1864)
"... making known your mission to the commanding officer, will deliver them to such persons as he may authorize to receive them. In your conversation with ..."
4. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1837)
"... the manner of its conduct and the facts of its history generally. persons to the Government, by order of the commanding officer, on leaving the service. ..."
5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1895)
"In the latter the governor-general desires that 'the commanding officer, Colonel Pearse, whom he is proud to call his friend, will make [his thanks] known ..."