Meaning of “commander-in-chief” in the English Dictionary


"commander-in-chief" in English

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commander-in-chiefnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˌmɑːn.dər.ɪnˈtʃiːf/ us /kəˌmæn.dɚ.ɪnˈtʃiːf/ plural commanders-in-chief US abbreviation CINC, UK abbreviation C-in-C

Examples from literature

  • A letter, sir, from the commander-in-chief of all our armies, he said, saluting proudly. 
  • Remember that I am the commander-in-chief of the army and the governor of Louisiana. 
  • The army then had one constitutional commander-in-chief of both army and navy, and one actual commanding general, bringing all parts into real harmony. 
  • The commander-in-chief was true to his word. 
  • Though commander-in-chief by the Constitution, he would have nothing to command, either by land or water until Congress raised both army and navy. 

(Definition of “commander-in-chief” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commander in chief" in American English

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commander in chiefnoun [ C ]

us /kəˈmæn·dər ɪn ˈtʃif/

a military leader who is in charge of all the armed forces of a country or of all the forces fighting in a particular area or operation:

The president of the United States is also commander in chief.

(Definition of “commander in chief” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)