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commander-in-chiefnoun [C]

uk   /kəˌmɑːn.dər.ɪnˈtʃiːf/  us   /-ˌmæn.dɚ-/ (plural commanders-in-chief) (US abbreviation CINC, UK abbreviation C-in-C)
(Definition of commander-in-chief from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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commander in chiefnoun [C]

 us   /kəˈmæn·dər ɪn ˈtʃif/
a ​militaryleader who is in ​charge of all the ​armedforces of a ​country or of all the ​forcesfighting in a ​particulararea or ​operation: The ​president of the ​UnitedStates is also commander in chief.
(Definition of commander in chief from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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