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

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I scarcely know how to describe this person, who, to my simple eyes, had the appearance of a colonel of the late Royal Guards, or, at least, of an attache of one of the northern legations.
Insulted one of their colonels, and was quietly shipped off.
There was more than one slur on the Colonel that made people shy of him; but the blot of the Diamond is all I need mention here.
But it was by no means an easy employment; for in nothing was Colonel Lloyd more particular than in the management of his horses.
The colonel quivered; then he smiled, and made a motion of incredulity.
But, in after days, when the frenzy of that hideous epoch had subsided, it was remembered how loudly Colonel Pyncheon had joined in the general cry, to purge the land from witchcraft; nor did it fail to be whispered, that there was an invidious acrimony in the zeal with which he had sought the condemnation of Matthew Maule.
Their colonel, Karl Bogdanich Schubert, came up to Denisov's squadron and rode at a footpace not far from Rostov, without taking any notice of him although they were now meeting for the first time since their encounter concerning Telyanin.
Thou hast been well taught,' the Colonel replied, and Kim flushed.
At the park she laughed at the colonel, and in the cottage at Marianne.
But the Colonel yawned sadly among the Duchesses and great ladies of the Court.
The men, listening with bated breath, now turned their curious eyes upon the colonel.
He is now in his fifth year, and has brought in turn each of the prizes of the turf to Colonel Ross, his fortunate owner.