Definition of commando in English:

commando

noun

  • 1A soldier specially trained to carry out raids.

    • ‘This operational capability requires commandos to be trained and equipped differently to conventional infantry soldiers.’
    • ‘If the government needs some well trained commandos, quickly, these are the men who will go.’
    • ‘More than 100 US commandos and British SAS soldiers are now in southern Afghanistan, setting up road blocks.’
    • ‘The ensuing fire-fight left the gun-boat beyond use and it left the 20 landing craft carrying the commandos unprotected.’
    • ‘Upon completion of the selection phase, potential commandos are trained in a vast array of necessary skills.’
    • ‘Heavily armed police commandos and Army soldiers, backed by armored cars, patrolled the town barely an hour after the explosions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And there's more new equipment to come, this time for Australia's special forces, including SAS soldiers and commandos.’
    • ‘Specially selected commandos, backed by artillery and tanks, surrounded the temple walls.’
    • ‘The commandos carried out operations against invading Japanese forces, during WW2.’
    • ‘There, French commandos raided the plane, killing all of the hijackers.’
    • ‘The mobilisation includes paramilitary forces, regular soldiers and specially trained commandos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those commandos, who previously trained together with their colleagues from the American special forces, have served with distinction.’
    • ‘Eventually, commandos from the Army and the Royal Marines were combined into four brigades.’
    • ‘As they rounded a corner another squad of heavily armed commandos sprang from around the next building.’
    • ‘The crisis ended with a dawn raid by Thai commandos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Food rations and special-forces commandos are being airlifted into Afghanistan.’
    1. 1.1 A unit of soldiers specially trained to carry out raids.
      • ‘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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Phrases

  • go commando

    • informal Wear no underpants.

      • ‘And yes, as some of you will see in these paparazzi photos, she appears to go commando.’
      • ‘Can you imagine having to recount the day you were found wearing grubby underwear or even worse, you were discovered going commando!’
      • ‘I just want to know is it okay to go commando to get rid of visible panty lines?’
      • ‘Phoebe's new boyfriend likes to go commando.’
      • ‘Women should go commando or wear loose fitting pajamas/nightgowns with no panties.’
      • ‘I decided to go commando since I would just be dining in tonight.’
      • ‘But no, I wasn't going commando, so don't get any ideas.’
      • ‘And instead of going commando all day long, use them as your pajama replacement.’
      • ‘Count yourself lucky they don't feel the need to go commando.’
      • ‘Generally, there's nothing wrong with going commando, but personally, I believe underwear serves an important function.’

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

/kəˈmanˌdō//kəˈmænˌdoʊ/