- the the commandant of a naval base. of a place, group, etc.:
- the title of the senior officer and head of the U.S. Marine Corps.
- U.S. Army. a title generally given to the heads of military schools.
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- an officer commanding a place, group, or establishment
1680s, from French commandant “the one commanding” originally “commanding,” present participle of commander (Old French comander) “to order, enjoin;” see (v.). Similar formation in Spanish and Italian comandante.