colonel

Definitions

  • Lieut.-Colonel John By, R.E
    Lieut.-Colonel John By, R.E
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n colonel a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Si Almost Fainted when the Colonel Stopped 215 Si Almost Fainted when the Colonel Stopped 215
We Came to Offer You the Position of Colonel 157 We Came to Offer You the Position of Colonel 157
COLONEL JOHN E. BLAKE, OF THE IRISH BRIGADE COLONEL JOHN E. BLAKE, OF THE IRISH BRIGADE
COUNCIL WITH COLONEL BOUQUET COUNCIL WITH COLONEL BOUQUET
Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House
Colonel Foozle Colonel Foozle
Colonel Bunker Colonel Bunker
COLONEL MIFFLEN'S INTERVIEW WITH THE CAUGINAWAGA INDIANS COLONEL MIFFLEN'S INTERVIEW WITH THE CAUGINAWAGA INDIANS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Colonel Sanders original white suit was auctioned off for $80,000 in February 2002
    • n Colonel (Mil) The chief officer of a regiment; an officer ranking next above a lieutenant colonel and next below a brigadier general.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Colonel Sanders traveled over 250,000 miles a year visiting various parts of his Kentucky Fried Chicken Empire
    • n colonel The chief commander of a regiment of troops, whether infantry or cavalry, next in rank below that of a general officer—in the United States army, of a brigadier-general. In the British army, except in the artillery and engineers, the office of colonel is often honorary, and is generally conferred on distinguished officers and princes of the blood royal, the real command resting with the lieutenant-colonel in each battalion, who after five years of service becomes a colonel. Generals who have had what is called “a regiment given to them” as a reward for service, and virtually as a retirement, have the rank of colonel. In the Russian, German, and Austrian armies the colonel of each regiment, holding the title only as an honor, is usually a member of some princely or other eminent family, often foreign, and sometimes appointed in childhood. Often, as a title, abbreviated Col.
    • colonel To act as colonel; play the colonel.
    • n colonel In angling, the name of an artificial salmon-fly
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was claimed that a Tiger shot dead by colonel Jim Corbett in 1907 had killed 436 people in India.
    • n Colonel kur′nėl an officer who has command of a regiment
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. colonel, It. colonello, prop., the chief or commander of a column, fr. colonna, column, L. columna,. See Column
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. and Sp. coronel; a corr. of It. colonello, the leader of a colonna, or column—L. columna.

Usage

In literature:

But whether he would or no, his eye fluttered back and rested, fascinated, on the Colonel's face.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
But I've been sorry for the Colonel; more sorry than I've felt for myself.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
He told the colonel our regiment had been assigned to his brigade.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
The colonel was naming the houses as they passed, with good old names.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Some of them, I suppose, were Virginians, and neighbors of 'the Colonel.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
Wier went out in the Third Michigan cavalry and became its lieutenant colonel.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Suddenly the Old Man, Colonel Holt, turned and faced them.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Fort Ryan where the Colonel held command, was in the Indian reserve and five miles south of Cedar Mountain.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
I do love the name of Colonel Baxter's estate.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
Now here was a colonel in his way; one little old gray colonel!
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
So reasoned Colonel Price comfortably, after his way.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
You was coming back to rob the Colonel of his mine; and the Colonel, he saved my life once.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
General Connor now moved down the Tongue River to make a connection with Colonel Walker and Colonel Cole, at the appointed rendezvous.
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
The Colonel likes you to pass things.
"The Wishing Moon" by Louise Elizabeth Dutton
The colonel smiled, and said when there was nothing further to say, it was economy to say nothing.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
To Arnold, as colonel, was given the command of the expedition.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
They are only to be found among colonels and generals as a rule nowadays.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Colonel Wallis had known Mr Elliot long, had been well acquainted also with his wife, had perfectly understood the whole story.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
As he was a full colonel, he outranked Lieutenant-Colonel Carr, and became commander.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
As Sage entered, Colonel Walton ceased his diagrams and looked up.
"John Dene of Toronto" by Herbert Jenkins
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In poetry:

At last come Colonel Blood of Pike,
And old Jedge Phinn, permiscus-like,
And each, as he meandered in,
Remarked, "A whisky-skin"
"The Mystery Of Gilgal" by John Hay
And judges grave, and colonels grand,
Fair dames and stately men,
The mighty people of the land,
The “World” of there and then.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I was called before the Colonel!
He listened to my story;
Said " Right-about-turn "! —and I marched away
To the music of " What price Glory! "
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
The foe was silenced—so were we.
I lay upon the field,
Among the Twenty-fourth;
Your picture, shattered on my breast,
Had proved "The Colonel's Shield."
"The Colonel's Shield" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth-Toast
Bought an old castle complete with a ghost,
But someone or other forgot to declare
To Colonel Fazak that the spectre was there.
"Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth-Toast" by Charles Causley
Then the drums and the pipes played the Rogues March
And tlie Colonel he sobbed and said 'Sam,
You're no longer a Soldier, I'm sorry to say
Sam, Sam, you're a dirty old man.'
"Sam Drummed Out" by Weston and Lee

In news:

Colonel Clifford Dallas Crane, 77, passed away Thursday morning, October 11, 2012, at Brookridge Heights Assisted Living, in the loving care of his family and caregivers.
Cliff remained an active member of the Air Force until 1985, retiring as Colonel , after over 30 years of dedicated service.
Colonel Donald Davis spoke at the Albany Exchange Club.
Colonel Aquatics swim club is gearing up for their 2009-10 swim year with practices starting September 15th at Donald Combs Natorium at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
DNR colonel charged with domestic violence.
A colonel with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has been arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence.
Retired lieutenant colonel flew on 90 missions.
Iowa State Patrol names new colonel to lead the department.
The Iowa State Patrol has named a new colonel .
The Colonels varsity girls hockey team will play their season opener against Burr & Burton on Saturday at 4:45 pm at Nelson Withington Rink.
The Colonels have a lot of depth with their defensive core of Rollins, Potter, and Madison Doucette.
The charges against Colonel Russell Williams.
Just in time for KFC's most lucrative holiday in Japan, Japan Airlines plans to take the colonel 's classic to a whole new level: on board U.S.- and Europe-bound flights.
The colonel 's recipe is so popular during Christmas, customers begin placing orders months in advance to secure their festive feast.
KFC Takes the Colonel 's Classic to the Skies in Japan.
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In science:

Major Planets, General Confusion, and Colonel Deshafy Mercury is almost ready for his close-up from Messenger.
Astrophysics in 2006
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