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1. the senior captain of a shipping line
2. the officer in command of a convoy of merchant ships
3. the senior flag office of a yacht or boat club



(1) A high rank in knightly medieval and religious orders.

(2) A high rank in the hierarchy of Masonic lodges.

(3) In the USSR (before 1926), Western Europe, and the USA, the title of the president of a yacht club.

(4) The head administrator of horse, ski, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, and other races and tours.

(5) In Great Britain, the Netherlands, and several other countries, the rank of a commander of a group of ships who does not hold the rank of admiral.

(6) In Russia from the early 18th century to the early 19th, the naval rank (Russian, komandor) between captain first class and rear admiral fourth class.


One of the first personal computer companies. In 1977, Commodore Business Machines, West Chester, PA, introduced the PET computer and launched the personal computer industry along with Apple and Radio Shack. In 1982, it introduced the Commodore 64 (64K RAM) and later the Commodore 128. These were popular home computers, and more than 10 million were sold.

In 1985, Commodore's new Amiga series offered advanced imaging and video capabilities at affordable prices. A line of IBM-compatible PCs was also introduced, but the Amiga line was Commodore's mainstay until 1994, when the company filed for bankruptcy. See Amiga and Commodore 64.

The Commodore PET
In 1977, the Commodore PET, Apple II and TRS-80 launched the personal computer industry. The USD $595 PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) contained its own tape cassette (visible on the left) and a whopping 4K of RAM. (Image courtesy of Steven Stengel,

Amiga and Video Toaster Software
The Amiga and Video Toaster were touted as the most affordable broadcast-quality video editing system on the market. Digital effects were created in the Amiga and converted to the analog tape decks in real time. (Image courtesy of NewTek, Inc.)
References in classic literature ?
A few weeks after the departure of the troops, Commodore Warren sent a small vessel to Boston with two French prisoners.
They were so incensed at the conduct of the British Commodore Knowles, who had impressed some of their fellow-citizens, that several thousands of them surrounded the council chamber and threw stones and brickbats into the windows.
They ascended the accommodation ladder, were greeted by the Commodore, hat in hand, and passing along the quarter-deck, the marine guard presented arms, while the band struck up 'The King of the Cannibal Islands'.
Bonnycastle had found him half an hour before; looked also at the commodore, who, on her bosom, seemed to breathe again with his widow's respirations.
Over the 40-plus years I have been a member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, I've had the pleasure of seeing the club headed by many fine Commodores.
Retiring Commodore Garry Linacre is the epitome of the Commodores who have led the CYCA over my many years of membership (and of those before my time).
The PM also approved the promotion of seven Commodores to the rank of Rear Admiral in Pakistan Navy.
The large attendance of 168 members also saw the election of two new Rear Commodores and four new Directors among the six elected.
Innovation, ingenuity, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit are alive and well at Commodore.
YMV) announced today the two leading technology entities have reached a final agreement on the acquisition of Commodore International BV.
After ten years, Commodore represented itself to the German audience by introducing a range of innovative products in the field of consumer electronics.
I believe I have been elected because of my business and management expertise, rather than my sailing skills," Commodore Simpson said, adding that he owned "a small motor boat" but did enjoy twilight racing on fellow members' yachts, including the Farr 40 War Games.