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2 definitions found
 for commando
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  commando
      n 1: a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for
           hit-and-run raids [syn: commando, ranger]
      2: an amphibious military unit trained for raids into enemy
         territory

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