Definition of commando in English:

commando

noun

  • 1A soldier specially trained for carrying out raids:

    [as modifier] ‘a commando attack’
    • ‘The crisis ended with a dawn raid by Thai commandos.’
    • ‘If the government needs some well trained commandos, quickly, these are the men who will go.’
    • ‘Eventually, commandos from the Army and the Royal Marines were combined into four brigades.’
    • ‘And there's more new equipment to come, this time for Australia's special forces, including SAS soldiers and commandos.’
    • ‘The mobilisation includes paramilitary forces, regular soldiers and specially trained commandos.’
    • ‘Upon completion of the selection phase, potential commandos are trained in a vast array of necessary skills.’
    • ‘More than 100 US commandos and British SAS soldiers are now in southern Afghanistan, setting up road blocks.’
    • ‘Special military commandos using tanks entered the district, and helicopters carried out surveillance overhead; the air space was closed down for a radius of 7 kilometres.’
    • ‘Those commandos, who previously trained together with their colleagues from the American special forces, have served with distinction.’
    • ‘He had been leading his squad of commandos towards a target of a group of houses when he spotted enemy soldiers hiding in the houses.’
    • ‘The ensuing fire-fight left the gun-boat beyond use and it left the 20 landing craft carrying the commandos unprotected.’
    • ‘Training was similar to that carried out by the commandos, with emphasis placed on raiding, sentry elimination, ambushing, cross-country night navigation exercises, and target attacks.’
    • ‘There, French commandos raided the plane, killing all of the hijackers.’
    • ‘The commandos carried out operations against invading Japanese forces, during WW2.’
    • ‘Kept carefully out of the media has been many of the operations of over a thousand Special Forces and commandos known to be in the area.’
    • ‘Heavily armed police commandos and Army soldiers, backed by armored cars, patrolled the town barely an hour after the explosions.’
    • ‘This operational capability requires commandos to be trained and equipped differently to conventional infantry soldiers.’
    • ‘Specially selected commandos, backed by artillery and tanks, surrounded the temple walls.’
    • ‘Food rations and special-forces commandos are being airlifted into Afghanistan.’
    • ‘As they rounded a corner another squad of heavily armed commandos sprang from around the next building.’
    1. 1.1 A unit of commandos:
      ‘he saw service in a Marine Commando’
      • ‘According to the Washington Post, the operation will include the CIA working with commandos and other military units to act immediately on intelligence uncovered by American spies about enemy targets.’
      unit, outfit, force
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Origin

Late 18th century (denoting a militia, originally consisting of Boers in South Africa): from Portuguese (earlier form of comando), from commandar to command, from late Latin commandare (see command).

Pronunciation:

commando

/kəˈmɑːndəʊ/