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English definition of “colonel”


noun [C]     /ˈkɜː.nəl/ US  /ˈkɝː-/ (also Colonel, written abbreviation Col.)
an officer of high rank in the army or air force : Colonel is the military rank between lieutenant-colonel and brigadier . Colonel Furlong [as form of address] Yes, Colonel.Ranks in the ArmyRanks in the Air Force
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