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.