Pronunciation: (ku-man'dō, -män'-), [key]
—pl. -dos, -does.
1. (in World War II)
a. any of the specially trained Allied military units used for surprise, hit-and-run raids against Axis forces.
b. a member of any of these units. Cf. ranger (def. 3).
2. any military unit organized for operations similar to those of the commandos of World War II.
3. a member of a military assault unit or team trained to operate quickly and aggressively in especially urgent, threatening situations, as against terrorists holding hostages.
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