colonel etymology

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

Detailed word origin of colonel

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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 (ita)
colonnello Old Italian (it-oit)
coronnel Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Colonel; a middle-ranking military officer.
colonel English (eng) 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).

Words with the same origin as colonel

Descendants of culmen