from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above lieutenant colonel and below brigadier general.
- n. One who holds this rank or a similar rank in another military organization.
- n. An honorary nonmilitary title awarded by some states of the United States.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps. In U.S. military, it ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The chief officer of a regiment; an officer ranking next above a lieutenant colonel and next below a brigadier general.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- To act as colonel; play the colonel.
- n. In angling, the name of an artificial salmon-fly
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
Alteration of obsolete coronel, from French, from Old Italian colonello, from diminutive of colonna, column of soldiers, from Latin columna, column.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1548, from Middle French coronel, from Italian colonnello ("the officer of a small company of soldiers (column) that marched at the head of a regiment"), from compagna colonnella ("little column company"), from Latin columna ("pillar"). (Wiktionary)