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
- To act as colonel; play the colonel.
- 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.
- 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
William Jackson was reportedly a professor at the University of Georgia; the nature of his military service and the source of the title colonel is unknown.
He was given the title colonel to impress Titusville residents.
I'm guessing the colonel is a fan of Sergio Leone films.
A retired French army colonel is aiming to take a stratospheric leap into the record books by completing a 1000mph (1,600km/h) skydive from the edge of space in Canada next month.
Ive come from Gritskys (that was what they called the colonel); theyre expecting you.
"I've come from Gritsky's" (that was what they called the colonel); "they're expecting you."
Earlier, a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force had marched, ramrod-erect, onto the loose dirt of the bullring and asked 23 saluting recruits to solemnly raise their right hands, so as to be sworn into the force.
Drawing on my own 28 years of military experience, the colonel is correct:
One day I sat cross-legged on the thin carpet of a two-room shack in a poor suburb, listening to a former colonel from the South Vietnamese army recount why he beat his eight-year-old son.
He was a brave soldier of no particular distinction in battles against the Indians, though he acquired the title of colonel, not uncommon in the South, by being elected commander of a local militia.