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First attested 1548, from Middle French coronel, from Italian colonnello the officer of a small company of soldiers (column) that marched at the head of a regiment, from compagna colonnella little column company, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] columna pillar.
- IPA: /ˈkɜːnəl/ (UK) or /ˈkɝnəl/ (US), SAMPA: /"k3:n@l/ (UK) or /"k3`n@l/ (US)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)nəl
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- A commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps. In U.S. military, it ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general.
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