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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The commander in chief of all the armed forces in certain countries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A supreme commander of the armed forces of a country, especially one who is also a political leader.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chief commander of an army; especially, the commander in chief of an army consisting of two or more grand divisions under separate commanders; -- a title used in most foreign countries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A commander-in-chief; the supreme commander of all the forces of a country, of several armies, or of an army comprising several corps or divisions acting separately.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the officer who holds the supreme command

Etymologies

Italian, superlative of generale, a general, from Latin generālis, general; see general.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

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