Meaning of colonel
Pronunciation: (kûr'nl), [key]
- an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking between lieutenant colonel and brigadier general: corresponding to a captain in the U.S. Navy.
- a commissioned officer of similar rank in the armed forces of some other nations.
- an honorary title bestowed by some Southern states, as to those who have brought honor to the state, prominent businesspersons, visiting celebrities, or the like: When the vice president visited the state he was made a Kentucky colonel.
- (in the South) a title of respect prefixed to the name of distinguished elderly men.
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