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 for Colonel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Colonel \Colo"nel\, n. [F. colonel, It. colonello, prop., the
     chief or commander of a column, fr. colonna column, L.
     columna. See Column.] (Mil.)
     The chief officer of a regiment; an officer ranking next
     above a lieutenant colonel and next below a brigadier
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a commissioned military officer in the United States Army
           or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant
           colonel and below a brigadier general

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  51 Moby Thesaurus words for "colonel":
     ADC, CO, OD, aide, aide-de-camp, brigadier, brigadier general,
     captain, chicken colonel, chief of staff, commandant, commander,
     commander in chief, commanding officer, commissioned officer,
     company officer, exec, executive officer, field marshal,
     field officer, first lieutenant, five-star general,
     four-star general, general, general officer, generalissimo,
     jemadar, junior officer, lieutenant, lieutenant colonel,
     lieutenant general, major, major general, marechal, marshal,
     officer, one-star general, orderly officer, risaldar,
     senior officer, shavetail, sirdar, staff officer, subahdar,
     subaltern, sublieutenant, the Old Man, the brass,
     three-star general, top brass, two-star general

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COLONEL. An officer in the army, next below a brigadier general, bears this 

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