One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A knight of an Italian order of chivalry.
- ‘It's as if the whole society was fashioned of the same grim, unyielding stone as the Commendatore's statue.’
- ‘In 1990 the Italian Republic decorated him as a Commendatore, the Presidential Order of Merit, for his service to museums.’
- ‘In 2002, he was made a Commendatore in Italys National Order of Merit.’
- ‘Oh and there was blood and violence - firstly when the Commendatore got brutally murdered.’
- ‘He was a Commendatore and Cavaliere of the Order of the Crown of Italy and a member of many foreign academies and orders.’
Italian, from Latin commendator, based on commendare ‘entrust’.
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