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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: coronal 'colonel' (16-17 centuries), from French coronnel, from Old Italian colonnello 'column of soldiers, colonel', from colonna 'column', from Latin columna; COLUMN

colonel

noun
     
Related topics: Army
colo‧nel [countable]
PMA a high rank in the army, Marines, or the US air force, or someone who has this rank

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