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colonelcolo‧nel /ˈkɜːnl $ ˈkɜːr-/ ●●○ noun [countable]  PMAa high rank in the army, Marines, or the US air force, or someone who has this rank
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colonelIn 1623 he was deputy lieutenant in Cambridgeshire, and in 1625, a colonel of the Suffolk regiments defending the coasts.An elderly colonel with a steel gray crew cut stood to one side, ready to intervene if the questioning got difficult.During that time I went from captain to full colonel.Similarly, the army, when faced with a budget cut, never points the finger at desk-bound lieutenant colonels.The ghosts of retired colonels haunt some of Torquay's menus.Back in his office he put through a call to the colonel.At the end, Rakovsky opened a bottle of his favourite Scotch whisky and offered a drink to the young colonel.