Colonel etymology


English word colonel comes from Latin culmen ((figuratively) height, acme. Stalk. Top, roof, summit.)

Etymology of colonel

Detailed word origin of colonel

Dictionary entry Language Definition
culmen Latin (lat) (figuratively) height, acme. Stalk. Top, roof, summit.
columna Latin (lat) (New Latin) column as in a book. Column, pillar. Waterspout.
compagna colonnella Italian (it)
colonnello Old Italian (it-oit)
coronnel Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Colonel; a middle-ranking military officer.
colonel English (en) A commissioned officer in an armed military organization, typically the highest rank before flag officer ranks (generals). It is generally found in armies, air forces or naval infantry (marines).