1. [syn: commando, ranger]
2. an amphibious military unit trained for raids into enemy territory;
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
The war bands, called commandos, have played a great
part in the . . . military history of the country.
[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.
3. a member of a commando unit.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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