Meaning of “commando” in the English Dictionary

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"commando" in British English

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commandonoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɑːn.dəʊ/ us /kəˈmæn.doʊ/ plural commandos or commandoes

Examples from literature

  • Did your commando lose many men? I asked my companion. 
  • He himself also was going home, but would return after a few weeks, as a large commando, led if possible by himself, was to invade Cape Colony. 
  • The majority of the Americans spent the first months of the war in Boer commandos, and made no effort to establish an organisation of their own, although they were of sufficient numerical strength. 
  • They explained that they belonged to the commando which had been lying here, and which only the day before had retired on the approach of the enemy. 
  • They joined commandos and remained under Boer leaders during the entire campaign. 


(Definition of “commando” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commando" in American English

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commandonoun [ C ]

us /kəˈmæn·doʊ/ plural commandos

a small group of soldiers trained to make quick and often dangerous attacks inside enemy areas, or a member of such a group:

a team of commandos

(Definition of “commando” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)