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English definition of “commander-in-chief”

commander-in-chief

noun [C]     /kəˌmɑːn.dər.ɪnˈtʃiːf/ US  /-ˌmæn.dɚ-/ (plural commanders-in-chief) (abbreviation C.-in-C.)
a commander in charge of all the armed forces of a country or of all the forces fighting in a particular area or operationGeneral ranks in the armed forces
(Definition of commander-in-chief noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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