Commando
Commando Com*man"do, n. [D. See {Command}, v. t.] 1. In South Africa, a military body or command; also, sometimes, an expedition or raid; as, a commando of a hundred Boers.

The war bands, called commandos, have played a great part in the . . . military history of the country. --James Bryce. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. a usually small military unit trained to perform special missions, often behind enemy lines, and usually employing hit-and-run tactics. Such units often have the destruction of fixed targets, such as enemy installations, as their mission, in contrast to normal combat units which engage the enemy army directly. [PJC]

3. a member of a commando[2] unit. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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