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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
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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.
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