Definition of 'colonel'
Video: pronunciation of 'colonel'
Example sentences containing 'colonel'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Will the retired army colonel put in an appearance today? The Times Literary Supplement (2012)My father was a colonel in the air force. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In two years he rose from lieutenant colonel to major general. The American Nation: A History of the United States to 1877 (1995)He rose as high as a lieutenant colonel. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He ended the war as a lieutenant colonel and went on to be a distinguished diplomat. The Sun (2010)It is written by a retired artillery colonel who is a fervent defender of his old arm of the service. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)Now the colonel's regular forces have turned on him across the east of the country. Times, Sunday Times (2011)How should a lieutenant colonel in the Marines address a captain in the navy? Times, Sunday Times (2015)The customs officer was a colonel in the Royal Artillery. CELEBRATING SECOMBE: A Tribute to Sir Harry Secombe (2002)He is the second retired British colonel to be killed in Kenya in the past two weeks. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But a retired colonel said: 'On operational tours dress code is irrelevant. The Sun (2009)Its builder, a lieutenant colonel, had a string of railways to his name. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Five Americans were also killed in the last week, one a lieutenant colonel. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The men, in uniforms of a major and lieutenant colonel, got past security into a compound. The Sun (2006)I saw the lieutenant colonel. BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)
Trends of 'colonel'
In Common Usage. colonel is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'colonel'
British English: colonel /ˈkɜːnl/ NOUN
A colonel is a senior officer in an army, air force, or the marines.
This particular place was run by an ex-Army colonel.
- American English: colonel
- Arabic: عَقِيد
- Brazilian Portuguese: coronel
- Chinese: 陆军上校
- Croatian: pukovnik
- Czech: plukovník
- Danish: oberst
- Dutch: kolonel
- European Spanish: coronel
- Finnish: eversti
- French: colonel
- German: Oberst
- Greek: συνταγματάρχης
- Italian: colonnello
- Japanese: 大佐
- Korean: 육군 대령
- Norwegian: oberst
- Polish: pułkownik
- European Portuguese: coronel
- Romanian: colonel
- Russian: полковник
- Spanish: coronel
- Swedish: överste
- Thai: พันเอก
- Turkish: albay
- Ukrainian: полковник
- Vietnamese: đại tá
Definition of colonel from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Collins Reference Catalogue 2019
View our new 2019 reference catalogue. From dictionaries, phrasebooks, language learning, atlases and maps, general reference and puzzles, you'll be sure to find books that appeal to you.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.