Definition of commander in chief in US English:

commander in chief

(also Commander in Chief)


  • 1A head of state or officer in supreme command of a country's armed forces.

    • ‘By contrast, US Presidents, acting as commander-in-chief, have dispatched US troops abroad on more than 120 occasions.’
    • ‘The emergency laws give sweeping powers to the president, as defence minister and commander-in-chief of the security forces.’
    • ‘But, as commander-in-chief and defence minister, it is virtually impossible that she knew nothing about what was taking place.’
    • ‘Whereas the president, the existing commander-in-chief, can say, Listen, I know how the world works.’
    • ‘As the war gained in importance, so too did Stalin's authority as the commander-in-chief and leader.’
    • ‘The president is the commander-in-chief, but only within the legal framework established by the Constitution and Congress.’
    • ‘Yes, during war the US president is the commander-in-chief.’
    • ‘‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’’
    • ‘The bulk of the arguments rest on arguments of ‘necessity’ and the powers of the president as commander-in-chief.’
    • ‘It does make sense but nevertheless, at least in theory, the president should be the commander-in-chief.’
    • ‘You've got to remember that he is going to be, when he becomes king, commander-in-chief.’
    • ‘Well, they're certainly concerned, but I think we give the president, our leader, our commander-in-chief, the benefit of the doubt.’
    • ‘As president you were also commander-in-chief of armed forces.’
    • ‘States have long stopped being separate political entities electing one overseeing commander-in-chief.’
    • ‘He is the commander-in-chief, he is our president, he has his power, and he is exercising it.’
    • ‘And of course, the president's their commander-in-chief all the more so.’
    • ‘It is far more familiar, unfortunately, to consider a president as a commander-in-chief of a nation's armed forces.’
    • ‘It will be the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States.’
    • ‘Without his directorate, and no longer having the urgent support of the prime minister and the commander-in-chief, he drifted.’
    • ‘The president is also commander-in-chief of the armed forces - a position he takes immediately on taking the oath of office.’
    leader, head, headman, boss, chief, director, manager, overseer, controller, master
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    1. 1.1 An officer in charge of a major subdivision of a country's armed forces, or of its forces in a particular area.
      • ‘Once he had deployed his forces on the battlefield, the commander-in-chief could only sit in his headquarters many miles behind the front line and hope for the best.’
      • ‘She plays Lady Anne, wife of the commander-in-chief of the parliamentary army, Sir Thomas Fairfax.’
      • ‘As commander-in-chief, General Franks was responsible for the way in which his men acted on the ground.’
      • ‘The commander-in-chief, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, was Scots, but could only offer to out-produce and out-slaughter the Central Powers.’
      • ‘Its commander-in-chief was General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell was put in charge of the cavalry.’
      • ‘Their preparation might be entrusted to the commander-in-chief of the Land Forces and commanders of wartime military districts.’
      • ‘His son George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge, a commander-in-chief of the British army, inherited the land and leased it out for building, including the Cambridge Asylum.’
      • ‘Commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Fleet, last week announced the operational results the fleet has achieved over the past year.’
      • ‘The commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said on Tuesday, the military situation between China and Taiwan is quiet and neither side appears to be in combat position.’
      • ‘He last visited the US when he was the commander-in-chief of the army.’
      • ‘He is the first marine to take over the navy commander-in-chief's office, as well as the first native Taiwanese marine general.’
      • ‘There are paintings and photographs of generals, lieutenants, sergeants, privates, secretaries and commanders-in-chief.’
      • ‘He is reportedly dissatisified with the performance of U.S. regional military commanders-in-chief.’
      • ‘In similar fashion, a study on Joint Professional Military Education in 1999 found that the regional commanders-in-chief believe officers need to be exposed to joint matters earlier in their career.’
      • ‘The official went on to say that the US military usually invites the commander-in-chief of a branch of Taiwan's armed forces to visit the US each year.’
      • ‘The wartime direction of all troops and forces involved in an operation was a centralized one, with commanders-in-chief and their staff in charge of command and control during military operations.’
      • ‘This change was occasioned by the opening of armistice talks, nominally between the opposing commanders-in-chief.’
      • ‘The commander-in-chief of the Netherlands military forces, General Winkelman, signed the terms of surrender on May 15, 1940.’
      • ‘He is a retired four-star general who served as commander-in-chief of US Atlantic Command until 1997.’
      • ‘It's commanders and senior officers work for the commander-in-chief.’


commander in chief

/kəˈmandər in CHēf/